Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24JOSEPH MOUGEL From ranges and fields to pastures and lawns, the evolution of grasses has been tied to that of human civilization, with a few seeds selected for cultivation into cereal grains, others as pastoral grasses, some for lawns, and many declared weeds. It is fascinating that early humans, some 9000 years ago, could look upon a plant, see the potential of a grain, and begin to take steps toward a partnership of agriculture that would ultimately tie together both humans’ and plants’ cultural paths. These photographs of seeds and husks capture the diversity within the varieties of uncultivated grasses that grow on the pasture ranges of Wyoming. Reminiscent of early photographs of snowflakes, the images in the series portray not only the diversity of grass, but also the variation within a grass genus or even a single plant. In the photographs of the seeds and husks, subtle images emerge of boat-like shapes, stars, and intricate lines that evoke tales of the passage of time, myth-making, and the intersection of micro and macro narratives. Introducing the installation is a journal detailing the travels and experiences of a grass farmer, along with an arrangement of his labeled specimens that become the basis for the images. Each jewel-like photograph within the cache of grass is printed via a 19th century collodion process onto glass plates. These ambrotypes of various sizes are installed throughout the gallery based on anecdotal mapping, with attention given to the location of varieties of grass on the range. The installation intersperses among the works of others artists, rising and falling throughout the space. Accompanying the visual scattering of grass seeds across the walls are the sounds of wind blowing through the cheatgrass, along with the calls of local birds, the rumble of a train on the tracks and the gurgle of a running river. Together, these recordings create an acoustic map of time the grass farmer spent on the ranch. Opposite: Bedding / Cache (installation view), 2015, 32x40” variable, archival inkjet prints / ambrotypes This page top: Untitled Grass Arrangement (installation view), 2015, variable, dried grass, vintage mason jar, and hand-written labels and Journal of a Grass Farmer. bottom: Journal of a Grass Farmer (detail), 2015, 9x8” closed, leather bound hand written journal with hand-made paper, drawings, and calligraphy