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^ Still image from color video Double Buffalo Western (Transcriptions of Walks in Buffalo onto the Wilderness and Vice Versa). At this point in the video a walk inside a ceremonial kiva at Bandelier National Monument, NM is mirrored inside the reception room of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House, Buffalo, NY. More info and view video.
solo exhibition at Buffalo Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
April 4 - May 22, 2009
This exhibition by Letha Wilson uses imagery from the outdoors environment in tandem with sculptural elements to create works that intertwine nature and modern architecture. Lost Horizons includes artwork developed using a range of materials and techniques, from video to installation, photography to sculpture, and collage. Several works have been created specifically for this exhibition, including a new video and a site-specific architectural structure. Issues related to travel, conservation, natural materials, and modern architecture and design are touched upon in works that invite the viewer to participate in the journey.
The video projection Double Buffalo Western mirrors walks through Buffalo Arts Studio and Frank Lloyd Wright's nearby Darwin Martin House with walks taken in rural New Mexico. The architecture of the Buffalo spaces is used to guide walks out in the open wilderness. Inversely, walks taken in the Southwest using both the natural geography of the region and historical cliff dwellings are traced back into the gallery space. The video creates links between these different places, and gives the viewer the sense of being in two places at once. Similarities and differences between the two sites are brought to light, while not placing either site in a hierarchy over the other.
Whereas the video guides the viewer's gaze through the walks, Scenic Overlook asks the viewer to physically engage in the space and change his/her viewpoint by climbing up onto a perch where he/she can both see the exhibition space and peer through an opening in the wall into an adjacent Buffalo Arts Studio gallery. A nod to the 'scenic overlooks' found in parks and alongside roads in the West, this work offers a new vantage point to look at the architecture of the gallery space itself. The entire construction of this work was made using wood provided by Buffalo ReUse, an organization that distributes wood reclaimed from the many demolished houses in the Buffalo area.
In other works, Wilson approaches the photograph as a sculptural material and a starting point from which to build new forms. These pieces take specific moments in nature and translate them into sculptural objects, questioning the precious nature of the photograph and pushing the boundaries of two- and three-dimensional space and perception. These poetic works create relationships among the photograph, the image it portrays, and the sculptural form it becomes.
-- Cori Wolff, Curator, Buffalo Arts Studio
Some images from the show:
^ Horizonline detail
^ Scenic Overlook BAS, reclaimed wood courtesy of Buffalo ReUse
^ View from Scenic Overlook BAS through the wall into adjoining gallery space, highlighting yellow lines on floor that are remnants of the space's previous life as a factory
^ Sailor's Delight, C-print, wood, aqua resin, paint
^ Installation view of Double Buffalo Western
^ Still image from video Double Buffalo Western: Darwin Martin House, Buffalo and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
^ Still image from video Double Buffalo Western: Tent Rocks, New Mexico and Buffalo Arts Studio
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^ Installation view of Compass Rose video
^ Still from video Compass Rose, Color video with sound, 3 minute loop