JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — Tayloe Piggott Gallery presents new work by internationally known artist, Lance Letscher. The exhibition will feature 26 collage works of found paper and metal. Join us for an artist reception Saturday, February 18th at 9 pm. In conjunction with the opening, Tayloe Piggott Gallery will host a public viewing at the Pink Garter Theatre of selected scenes from a documentary about the artist’s life directed by Oscar-nominated Sandra Adair. The film screening is scheduled for February 18th at 8 pm.
Lance Letscher’s work is the product of years of rummaging through estate sales and trash heaps, collecting items that have been discarded, deemed too old or too damaged to be of value. He gathers these items – old textbooks with doodles or vintage department store catalogs – in large bins in his studio and, later, over several years, assembles intricate collages guided only by the available materials and his intuition.
The resultant work reflects a classic dichotomy: each piece harbors an equal fancy for found images both macabre and innocent, those near-death and others vitally alive. The unique collages reiterate Letscher’s renowned focus, while embracing a mischievous new chaos that colors the entirety of the exhibition. Under his surgical Exact-o knife, odd scraps of paper – images of forks, shoes, rockets, mules – spread across planes in ruminative whirlpools, while supplicant hands tell tales of religious vigor. With Untroubled Mind, Letscher cements his legacy as one of the most singular artists in America.
Letscher’s work drew the attention of fellow Austin resident, Sandra Adair, when her cousin commissioned a large-scale metal work by the artist in an Austin neighborhood. Adair, an Oscarnominated editor, has edited 18 of Richard Linklater’s films, including the cult classic Dazed and Confused and the critically acclaimed Boyhood. Inspired by Letscher’s unusual creative process, Adair began work on a documentary about the artist.
Tayloe Piggott Gallery is thrilled to support this body of work, as well as a screening of select scenes of the documentary. The two in tandem will offer an unprecedented look into the artist, his body of work and his creative process. Letscher, Adair, and documentary producer, Kristi Frazier, will be available for conversation at the event.
Lance Letscher attended the University of Texas where he received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts and his Master of Fine Arts. He has had solo exhibitions in Texas, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Switzerland and Barcelona. His work is included in both public and private collections around the country, to include the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the McNay Museum of Art in San Antonio, and the Austin Museum of Art. He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.