Shushan has several loops: roads that lead out of town and circle back. Each loop is about four miles long, just the right length for a walk. I don’t know what it was about this walk, perhaps it was the fact that I was listening on my iPod to a lecture on Clement Greenberg by David Ward, curator at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, but I couldn’t take three steps without seeing another work of art in the landscape.
It started when I saw the Albrecht Dürer at the pig farm. [Albrect Durer and the Pig Farm] As I continued on my walk past Nolan’s Dairy farm, the tires used to hold down the plastic that covers the silage reminded me of a series of farm paintings by Altoon Sultan.
As I headed back toward town, a reflected tree in the river reminded me of Barnett Newman.
And the railroad bridge of Sean Scully.
Sean Scully, “Without”
Passing Pook’s Farm and Slaughter House there was a Nancy Holt culvert.
Nancy Holt, “Sun Tunnel”
And as I neared home more glimpses of Barnett Newman.
Barnett Newman, “Concord”
Heritage Pig from Flying Pig Farm
Shushan is a tiny hamlet in upstate New York located on the famous trout fishing river the Battenkill. We don’t have much in the way of industry as the shirt and collar factories were burnt down at the turn of the century by none other than our police chief — Shushan hasn’t had a policeman since. But what we still do have is a lot of farming. A few years ago Michael Yezzi and Jennifer Small bought a large farm at the top of a hill overlooking the Battenkill where they raise heritage pigs mostly for the New York City restaurant market. These pigs come in a range of colors and are smaller than contemporary pigs.
I tend to see the world through the filter of art history and one of the pigs reminded me of this drawing by Albrecht Dürer.
Dürer again used pigs in his illustration “The Prodigal Son Among the Pigs”.
Albrecht Dürer, “The Prodigal Son Among the Pigs”
Study for Albrecht Dürer’s, “The Prodigal Son Among the Pigs”
If you want to find the passage in the Bible where this came from you can go to this website, which connects art with Biblical references to the passage in the Bible that it relates to: http://www.artbible.info
Here is the passage for the Dürer: http://www.artbible.info/art/verses/2461.html
If you go:
Flying Pigs Farm, LLC
246 Sutherland Road.
Shushan, NY 12873