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Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson sýnir í Western Michigan University

Site & Survey: The Architecture of Landscape

January 18 – March 11, 2018

Monroe-Brown Gallery

Site & Survey: The Architecture of Landscape Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Lina Puerta

Frostic School of Art Students and Friends of the Richmond Center Members Preview and Opening Reception, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5 – 7pm.

Site: A place defined by boundaries, sometimes ambiguous and other times expanding beyond where the eye can see.  Site is a homonym of sight.  References include excavation or unearthing, especially in relationship to archeology.  A “site” presents evidence and preserves indications of past time.

Survey:  A form of evaluation; careful looking. Active construction of description through mapping. To survey means to look and to mark, nearly simultaneously; to take the heartbeat, the pulse.

Architecture: A structure that shelters or shields.  An identifiable style, practice, system, or configuration that connects and/or supports.

Landscape: A picture of a view; a particular perception of a certain site, scene, situation, i.e. how we perceive sites (sights), scenes or situations.

Site & Survey:  The Architecture of Landscape features three international artists—Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, and Lina Puerta—each of whom engages landscape through a broad spectrum of cultural meanings, some exceedingly personal and others, overtly communal. Comprised of the intimate drawings, multi-media sculptures, and panoramic vistas, Site & Survey: The Architecture of Landscape explores the idea that sight—as a sensation and as an act of looking—implies closeness and distance simultaneously. By evaluating and mapping the geography of their physical environments, these three artists present layered points of view which seek to reveal the perception of the natural world as something more than topography.  In this installation, Van Caeckenbergh, Jónsson, and Puerta approach landscape as if it were a compass, directing not only our glance, but also emotional, social, physical, and political responses to a certain site.

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