Granary Arts Barbara Ciurej Lindsay Lochman Processed Views

Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape

May 25 – September 28, 2018


Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology. In their commentary on the landscape of processed foods, artists Ciurej and Lochman reference the work of photographer, Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). His sublime views framed the American West as a land of endless possibilities and significantly influenced the creation of the first national parks.


Header image: Fruit Loops Landscape, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman

However, many of Watkins' photographs were commissioned by the corporate interests of the day; the railroad, mining, lumber and milling companies. His commissions served as both documentation of and advertisement for the American West. Watkins' images upheld the popular 19th century notion of Manifest Destiny – America's bountiful land, inevitably and justifiably utilized by its citizens. As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for human health. These views examine our relationship to consumption, progress and the changing landscape.


About the Artists

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman collaborate on photographic projects that explore the confluence of history, myth and popular culture. Ciurej is a Chicago-based photographer and Lochman is a photographer and educator in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having met as students at the Institute of Design in Chicago, they have been collaborating for over three decades. Exhibitions include numerous solo and group shows, nationally and internationally. Their work is in private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Walker Art Center, Worcester Art Museum and the Yale Center for British Art. Processed Views has been featured online in the New Yorker Photo Booth, BBC, CNN, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others and in China, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea and Italy.