Using Google Maps Street View, the artist went on a virtual journey through a familiar landscape, for his new show
at Nathalie Karg Gallery
. It might be considered a tech-forward approach to his favorite genre. Andoe has long been, to put it in his own words
, “a landscape painter, and a painter of the things that hang around on the landscape.” In his latest work, he employs technology to explore the rural tableaux from afar. It’s fitting, even ironic, that the most significant change he noticed was the presence of telephone lines running parallel above the grassy fields and quiet highways of Middle America.
The choice to use Google Maps for research is a relatable one. After all, Andoe left Oklahoma long ago, settling in New York—it’s a classic all-American story. Have a look at Jubilee City—the artist’s critically acclaimed 2007 memoir, which recounts his often difficult childhood and wild teenage years—and you’ll understand his ongoing fascination with the place and his compulsion to portray it, again and again, from different angles.