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Published on Sep 5, 2012
On display at the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto August 25 - September 29, 2012. This is an artwork by Matt Donovan and Hallie Siegel.
"Landscape" is an installation artwork consisting of many words suspended in space. The words toward the back of the gallery are scaled up, and the words toward the front of the gallery are scaled down, such that when a viewer stands at the ideal vantage point, he or she perceives a perfectly justified block of text on the 'blank page' of the gallery wall.
Where the traditional landscape painter uses perspective to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional canvas, we do the inverse: we use the technique of reverse perceptive to create the illusion of a flat 2D surface from what is actually a three-dimensional space.Thus we create a series of overlapping landscapes: the 2-dimensional graphic landscape of the words on the gallery wall, the 3-dimensional landscape of words suspended in the gallery and the imagined landscape that is conjured by reading the text: a vivid "word painting" of a dust storm adapted from Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
"Little by little the sky was darkened as the wind felt over the earth, loosened the dust, and carried it away. An emulsion of dust and air whisked under stones, carried up straws and old leaves, and even little clods, marking its course as it sailed across the fields. People tied handkerchiefs over their noses, and wore goggles to protect their eyes. Houses were shut tight, and cloth wedged around doors and windows, but the dust came in."