Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes

Sep 7, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007

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Maya Lin, 2 x 4 Landscape, 2006, wood, 10 feet x 52 feet 7 inches x 36 feet. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosin Gallery.

 

Maya Lin, Systematic Landscapes, 2007. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by David Ulmer.

Maya Lin, Systematic Landscapes, 2007. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by David Ulmer.

 

Maya Lin, Systematic Landscapes, 2007. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by David Ulmer.

 

Maya Lin, Systematic Landscapes, 2007. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by David Ulmer.

 

Maya Lin, 2 x 4 Landscape, 2006, wood, 10 feet x 52 feet 7 inches x 36 feet. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosin Gallery.  Maya Lin, Systematic Landscapes, 2007. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by David Ulmer.Maya Lin, Systematic Landscapes, 2007. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by David Ulmer. Maya Lin, Systematic Landscapes, 2007. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by David Ulmer. Maya Lin, Systematic Landscapes, 2007. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Photo by David Ulmer. 

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Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes is an exploration of how we experience landscape in a time of technological influence and enviromental change. Lin, who examines how our current relationship to landscape is extended, condensed, distorted and interpreted via new technologies, translates these systematized spaces into objects and environments that can be engaged physically. As satellite photography, sonar scanning and digital mappings have rebuilt our natural world within virtual space, Lin makes it her project to transpose these new landscapes back into the physical realm.

At the core of this exhibition are three monumental installations that create distinct “geologic” encounters, each working to engage our physical, psychological, and intellectual experience of the environment around us. As we traverse Lin’s landscapes—moving around, under, and through them—we encounter a world that has been mapped, digitized, analyzed and then reintroduced by Lin as actual, physical structures. Her work blends a typology of natural forms, from rivers to mountains to seas, with a language of scientific analysis represented by grids, models, and maps. In doing so, Lin merges our experience of the ideal and the real, as well as our encounter with the conceptual, sculptural, and the architectural model.

Systematic Landscapes was organized by The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington in Seattle and curated by its director Richard Andrews.

 

Sponsors

Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes is organized by the Henry Art Gallery and curated by Director Richard Andrews. Major support for this exhibition was provided by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Peter Norton Family Foundation.

The St. Louis presentation of Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes is made possible through the generous support of the Gertrude and William A. Bernoudy Foundation, Washington University in St. Louis, Nimoy Foundation, Bunny and Charles Burson, Joan and Mitchell Markow, and HOK.

General support for the Contemporary’s exhibition program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation, William E. Weiss Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.