October 15 — November 12, 2011
The needle in the hay
Lance Letscher's art is a study in evolution (regarding shapes, patterns and linear movement). A new twist in the current work speaks to the mechanical mind, ie, Rube Goldberg, and his "deliberately over-engineered" machines. Letscher's new work is articulated with tiny cut parts which are strung together to form large industrial complexes, some connecting and tripping to cause a chain reaction. In a departure from previous works, the use of identifiable images sit in a maze of similar and unlikely objects creating hard-edged, mechanized worlds. The work is brilliantly conceived and the tiny parts are adeptly handled.
Lance Letscher received both a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Fine Art from the University of Texas at Austin and has built and impressive and extensive exhibition history since. Selected one-person exhibitions since 2006 include: Galerie Vidal St. Phalle, Paris, France (2011/2009/2007); Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussels, Belgium (2010); Galeria Miguel Alzueta, Madrid, Spain (2010); Tammen Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2009); Forsterart, London, England (2007); The Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX (2007); Galeria Miguel Alzueta, Barcelona, Spain (2006) and Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA (2006.)
In 2009, the University of Texas Press published Lance Letscher: Collage, the first full-length monograph on this important artist. It presents a catalog of 118 works dating from 2001 to 2008. The book includes an introduction by art critic, Charles Dee Mitchell and an essay by Brooke Davis Anderson, director and curator of the American Folk Art Museum in New York, NY.