The respective histories of collage and landscape painting are the same story. Since 1998 I have dedicated my artistic production to understanding and advocating for environmental concerns. In my drawings and collages, land depiction often appears in my work as marginalized or appropriated landscapes; while in my sculptures I often construct iconic “landviews,” which question the ways in which natural resources are consumed and how the surface of the planet is maintained.
Todd Bartel is a collage-based artist. His work assumes assembled forms of painting, drawing and sculpture that examine the roles of landscape and nature in contemporary culture. His work has been exhibited nationally in venues that include Palo Alto Art Center, Katonah Museum, Brockton Art Museum, The Rhode Island Foundation, Zieher Smith, Mills Gallery (Boston Center for the Arts), Iona College. Todd Bartel received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and also studied in Rome as part of RISD’s European Honors Program between 1984-1985. He earned his MFA in painting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. In 1990, Bartel was a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.) and in 2000, he was awarded a Connecticut Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in support of the continuation of his drawing series “Garden Studies” and related “Terra Reverentia” assemblage series. Bartel has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Manhattanville College and Bridgeport University among others. He has been a guest critic at Rhode Island School of Design and since 1998 Bartel has served as both an Artist Teacher and a visiting critic at Vermont College, MFA in Visual Art program. Since 2002, Bartel teaches drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art and conceptual art at the Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Massachusetts. Bartel is the founder and the Director of the Cambridge School’s Thompson Gallery (thompsongallery.csw.org), a teaching gallery dedicated thematic inquiry, and “IS” (Installation Space), a proposal-based installation gallery.