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Short quotes from BibliographyAnchorage Daily News, Mark Baechtel, July 27, 2006Downer…seems interested mostly in landscape as an abstraction. His approach to topography is literally top-down. He renders satellite views of cities, mountain ranges and watersheds in poured paint and impasto, lately using glossy enamels on panels (tectonic plates?) joined in various shapes and configurations, as well as incorporating 3D elements – stones, mostly – on trays affixed to the frames’ bottoms…when Downer has struck the right combination of color, texture, rhythm and shape – the result is compelling, cool, and empyrean, rather as looking at cloud landscapes from a plane window can be…the direction Downer seems to be taking his work is promising.Desert Post Weekly, Tom Loret April 24, 2003Earthworks, at its core, seeks to reestablish a balance between human beings, our planet, and all creation. … I was pleased to meet Spelman Downer. I learned new ways of seeing, thinking, and creating art. It is always refreshing to discover new ambitions and designs for the return of this world to its garden days. Spelman’s skill, knowledge, and enthusiasm makes him a perfect steward of this project.Hi-Desert Star, Mark Wheeler March 19, 2003EarthWorks Now, according to Downer, intends to revive and renew what he considers to be a most exciting art form. He further contends it to be an art form which, because of its scope and scale, belongs in the desert. "This basin and Copper Mountain College can be a beacon for developing this genre in an environmentally sensitive way." In the process, he and many others here are hoping that by putting this art form back on the map, the basin's own place on the map will be most fortuitously illuminated.Desert Post Weekly, Vickie Waite April 25, 2002Recent abstract paintings are map-like perspectives of the Mojave, oil and enamel on panel, based on desert geology.Expanding his perspective beyond two-dimensional works, Downer is now exploring earth art and altering the land as a form of sculpture.Downer sees a new earth-art vision for the Mojave Desert.With any luck, CMC may host its next major revival. Downer's art department is embarking on a long term project with an "EarthWorks Now" theme for the expanding campus, and to form a program to create, study, and promote this kind of work.The New York Times, Roberta Smith January 2, 1998"Spelman Evans Downer, a 43-year-old contemporary artist replicates, or more accurately expands upon, existing maps to a highly refined degree. Mr. Downer's paintings may not do everything you want art to do, but the best of them fuse beauty and fact with dazzling efficiency."New American Paintings #8, 1996 The Open Studio Press"Downer's aerial landscapes trace an area's history of development. These views of the man-made world shows us what we have created on the landscape over time. Downer's approach is to synthesize various forms of visual information and make visible what can only be completely comprehended from an aerial perspective."MORE QUOTES...
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