Amy Vogel


The UP—Michigan’s upper peninsula—is about as topographically dramatic as the Midwest gets. Once the site of extensive copper and iron mines, the UP is now kept afloat largely by tourism and recre- ation. Wedged between Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron, it is the site of brutal winters, the target of some of the most severe weather in the continental US. In the summer, though, it’s a sylvan wonderland, with large national forests and hundreds of miles of vacant beaches. Chicago artist Amy Vogel has summered on the UP for the past couple of years, and in her recent exhibition she engaged in a kind of rustic Conceptualism, crafting objects and paintings that balance the indolence of summer vacation with the deeper year-round context of where that vacation takes place.

Recently, Vogel has collaged UP-suggestive objects, including a fishing pole, bearskins, antlers, and a wolf trap into her

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