Internationally recognized artist and Penn State University Professor of Art Paul Chidester has always been drawn to the landscape. Inspired by the entropic landscapes and photography of Robert Smithson, the “hallucinatory descriptions of urban spaces and landscapes” used by writer J.G. Ballard, and nostalgia in the works of painters De Chirico and Philip Guston, Chidester attempts to collage and merge various points of view. The fictitious landscapes borne out of this process stimulate our imagination and offer new ways of seeing.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website