Land Arts: FFAT April 2016

As it did last year, the collected output of this year’s Land Arts of the American West program combine for a superb exhibition.


Land Arts, LHUCA Warehouse, on view April-May 6th 2016 (photo credit: Ashley Webb)

Fiona Bennitt, Henry Brown, Nick Keys, Ashley May, Mark Freres, Caleb Lightfoot, and Sadie Richter participated in this year’s program, all artists or students of art or architecture. The LHUCA Warehouse, in which the exhibition is housed, lends itself well to presentation of most work not framed in gold, but it seems almost purpose-built for this yearly exhibition.


Land Arts, LHUCA Warehouse, on view April-May 6th 2016 (photo credit: Ashley Webb)

Sadie Richter’s Map Collection and her sculptural studies were among the compelling works on display. Map Collection’s cartographic impressions of geographical features (Downstream, Salt Puddle, Spiral Jetty) resemble pictographs, conveying meticulously observed scenes in compositions that look almost impulsive. Her sculptural studies, also named after places or scenes, integrate architectural forms—planes and straight lines—with wood, rock or clumps of earth and express with remarkable clarity the integration of the two ‘types’ of forms.


Land Arts, LHUCA Warehouse, on view April-May 6th 2016 (photo credit: Ashley Webb)

Land Arts, LHUCA Warehouse, on view April-May 6th 2016 (photo credit: Ashley Webb)

Land Arts, LHUCA Warehouse, on view April-May 6th 2016 (photo credit: Ashley Webb)

Fiona Bennitt’s Chiricahua Interference silkscreen prints work as the titles suggest they should, as a geographical feature interfering with itself. The printed rock/earth forms in each seem to be enfolded on themselves, as if a 3D form were coerced with more than usual will into a 2D format.


Land Arts, LHUCA Warehouse, on view April-May 6th 2016 (photo credit: Ashley Webb)


Ashley May’s form of a person lying supine Untitled (Well Travelled) lists its medium, somewhat cryptically, as hydrocal (plaster) and 1074 miles, suggesting her allowance of the changing environment to take the primary role in the formation of Untitled.


Land Arts, LHUCA Warehouse, on view April-May 6th 2016 (photo credit: Ashley Webb)

The Land Arts exhibition can present a coherence of theme that most conceptual group shows cannot because all the participants present their unique perspectives on the same set of locations. Thus it can be (and actually is) a stimulating collection of visions on the land under consideration.


Land Arts, LHUCA Warehouse, on view April-May 6th 2016 (photo credit: Ashley Webb)

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