Letha Wilson - October 9th to November 15th 2014

Galerie Christophe Gaillard
Oct 8, 2014 3:05PM
Headlands Sunset Cement Fold (Magenta), 2014
Galerie Christophe Gaillard

The Galerie Christophe Gaillard is particularly proud to announce Letha Wilson's first solo show at the gallery, and to that matter in Europe, from October 9th to November 15th 2014.

Letha Wilson's work has as much to do with sculpture and sometimes installation than with photography as it is resolutely committed to this new field of contemporary art that abolishes the frontier between medium. Letha Wilson aims to lessen the consubstantial impossibility of photography to account for the physical materiality of the represented site.

Using color images of vast canyons, mountains, deserts, close-ups of rocks or plants that she photographed during her long hikes through the Western American landscapes (California, Utah or her native Colorado) as a starting point, which could be seen as rather formally ordinary, she then submits these prints to various physical processes : they are folded, cut, torn, covered with cement or even molded in concrete. Sometimes, these landscape prints are even physically linked to the exhibition space and directly mounted in the walls, on the ground or ceiling, blurring the line between image and object. At a time when many artists use digital technologies (Jon Rafman, Artie Vierkant), Letha Wilson's work is set in a direct physical commitment, similar to Mariah Robertson's. The photographic image is a means, not an end.

«My artwork uses images I have photographed in the natural landscape as a starting point for interpretation and confrontation. The work creates relationships between architecture and nature, the gallery space and the American wilderness. In the photo-based sculptures the ability for a photograph to transport the viewer is both called upon, and questioned; sculptural intervention attempts to compensate for the photograph?s failure to encompass the physical site it represents. Landscape photography as a genre is approached with equal parts reverence and skepticism.» Letha Wilson

For her solo show at the gallery, Letha Wilson will present ten new pieces created especially for this occasion.

Galerie Christophe Gaillard