The history of collage and the history of landscape painting are the same story. Since 1995 I have dedicated my artistic production to understanding and advocating for environmental concerns and the interconnected histories of these two genres of art production. In my drawings, collages, and assemblages, land depiction often appears in my work as marginalized or appropriated landscapes, or construct iconic “landviews.” My research-based studio practice questions the ways in which natural resources are consumed and how the surface of the planet is maintained.
Todd Bartel received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design concluding his studies at RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome, Italy (1985), and an MFA in painting from Carnegie Mellon (1993). He was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow in 1990 and received a Connecticut Council on the Arts Grant in 2000. Bartel has taught at Brown, Carnegie Mellon, and Manhattanville College among many others. He has been an MFA guest critic at RISD & Vermont Collage and New Hampshire Art Institute since 1998. He teaches drawing, painting, collage, and conceptual art at the Cambridge School of Weston (MA) and is the founder & Gallery Director of the Thompson Gallery, now in its 14th year. His work has been exhibited nationally at Palo Alto Art Center, Katonah Museum, Brockton Art Museum, The Rhode Island Foundation, Zieher Smith (New York), Mills Gallery (Boston, MA), Iona College among many others. His work is in the collections of the Kanyer Collection, the Ontological Museum, Pfizer, Carnegie Mellon University, New Haven Paint and Clay Club, MERZ Gallery, and numerous private collections. His collage-based work examines the roles of landscape and nature in contemporary culture.