Near Fort Dodge

Near Fort Dodge, oil on canvas, 48'' x 60''

Thomas Agran was born in Stanford, Kentucky.  He attended Grinnell College, recently graduating with a BA in Studio Art.  Having since moved to Iowa City, he works, appropriately, in the loft of an old barn.

Thomas Agran's work has evolved since first arriving in Iowa in 2005.  Following time spent farming abroad and three influential years working at Grinnell Heritage Farm, his work has developed considerably from his idyllic renditions of our landscape. Agriculture's impact on this state has created both the rhythms and patterns of the land we have come to love, as well as the alarming environmental, health, and social changes we face in cities and small towns alike.  Agran's recent work attempts to flesh out that relationship through both macro and micro scales.  In the words of landscape architect James S. Corner, "How we represent the land to ourselves affects the ways in which we value and act upon it."  If we are to ever change the trajectory of agriculture towards something more environmentally and socially sustainable, we need to teach ourselves how to really look at the landscape again — how to see through the grid, recognize its implications, understand its permanency, but still retain an appreciation of the view.

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