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Rephotography – Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

“Klett has come to realize that the potential of rephotography is greater than simply tracking change; it can touch on the experience of time itself. For recent projects in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, he and collaborator Byron Wolfe mined an incredible profusion of imagery — 19th-century photographs and paintings, modernist visions of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, innumerable postcards and tourist snapshots — to construct spatially cohesive panoramas spanning a century and a half. Through these works, we understand these places as cultural sites whose significance comes from an accumulation of human interventions, interactions and imaginings.”

 

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Letha Wilson

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Letha Wilson uses images and materials from natural landscape as a starting point for interpretation and confrontation. 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 thew viewer is both called upon, questioned; sculptural intervention attempts to compensate the physical site it represents. Landscape photography as a genre is approached with equal parts reverence and skepticism. In another body of work, site-specific installations juxtapose re-claimed wood and drywall material in innovative ways that respond to both interior and outdoors environments, and comment on the glut of material discarded in the contemporary exhibition cycle.

The work often originates within specific geographic locations, using photographs to layer a site’s unique history with its current image and often conflate two separate environments. Recent work delves further into the photograph as both emotive device and architectural element, and pushes its potential for physical re-invention. Rather than approach the environment in general terms, the work preserves a singular moment of contemplation and dialogue between the natural and constructed worlds. 

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