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Inversion | Works by Lane Twitchell

On January 4th Writ & Vision will open #inversion, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and other works by Lane Twitchell.

Twitchell is a New York based artist, born in Murray Utah and raised in Ogden. An early interest in landscape painting has resulted in a working process and style which incorporates intricately cut paper into kaleidoscopic “landscapes” whose richly textured patterns form endlessly iterative combinations of the visual ephemera of the American unconscious, his own personal biography, and something like cosmic narrative contours not unrelated to the Rocky Mountain Mormonism of his upbringing. In works ranging in scope from large abstract paintings to small collages to drawings from his youth, this exhibition represents the artist’s latest, and most autobiographical, exploration of these thematic threads.

If landscape is the signature art form of the American West, middle-class consumer culture is its lifeblood. In Twitchell’s expert hands the American Landscape is transformed into something that reflects back the impulses behind and beneath American consumerism. Combined with oil paint and assorted polymers, immaculately folded and cut paper and polyester films project landscapes coated over with visual traces of suburban life, from houses to churches to gas stations. The result presses (literally and figuratively) an iconic emblem of bourgeois life—the hand-crafted, quilt-like, expansively self-reproductive forms of papercutting—into a recursive and re-iterative exposition of the concurrent projects of American and American Religious Expansionism and their confluence in the trappings of consumer capitalism. 

The gallery and artist are publishing a full color exhibition catalog with essays by Gallery Director Brad Kramer and noted Art and Cultural Critic Christian Viveros-Faune. 

Lane Twitchell holds a B.F.A. from The University of Utah, which he attended on A Special Departmental Scholarship and an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts, New York. He is a two time New York State Foundation for the Arts fellow, in Drawing and Craft; a recipient of The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant; and a P.S.1/MoMA National Studio Grant participant. In 2008 his work was the subject of a regional touring survey curated by Thomas Piche Jr. The artist’s work is included in public collections such as The Baltimore Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art and notable private collections such as Sammlung Goetz, Munich DE and The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas TX. His work is viewable at www.lanetwitchell.com. 

This impressive exhibit will run from January 4th (Utah Statehood Day) to the 29th, and is free and open to the public. Please join us Friday the 6th for the opening, or contact Brad Kramer to arrange a time to privately view the works.

Earlier Event: November 18
Holiday Show - Small Paintings