Upon reading the title of Michael Glier’s new book, “Along a Long Line,” you might be wondering if he has changed his artistic focus from modernist abstract landscapes to the creation of tongue-twisters. Rest assured he hasn’t.Â Rather his book documents his Longitude project part of a series that was on display at MASS MoCA in Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape last year. For Longitude, he has painted abstract-style landscapes along the 70th parallel starting just south of the Arctic Circle and working his way to tropical climes.
This new publication includes reproductions of Glier’s pieces as well as the detailed blog entries documenting his journey and personal photographs that reveal his impressions of the varying habitats. The result is at once a collection of breathtaking visual renderings in paint and photography as well as a mindful lesson in awareness of the diversity and fragility of this planet so few of us ever get a chance to fully experience.
Glier is familiar to MASS MoCA having just been featured in the exhibition Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape. He is also a graduate and professor of Art at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Currently he has begun work on another project, Antipodes, where he will be traveling to opposite sides of the globe to create sets of contrasting painted landscapes.