January 13 — February 17, 2018
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Austin-based artist, Lance Letscher.
Lance Letscher is an artist who has carved objects from marble and wood, covered objects in lead, and used many techniques, such as painting, drawing and printmaking to convey his ideas. Since 1993, the work has solely been collage. The most recent collages have taken a turn from graphic, pattern-based compositions towards saturated and colorful found imagery as a serious component, within a romantic narrative. The organization of the cut materials is structured in a way to tell a story or connote a place, whether expansive and space-age, curiously scientific or domestic and cozy. The exhibition will include several small collages on book covers and collages made of cut metal and staples. The overriding rush for the viewer is a very dense world of layer upon layer of cut paper (or metal) building a distinct emotional valence.
In 2009, the University of Texas Press published a monograph of Letscher’s work, which covered a period of work from 2001-2008. In 2016, the film, “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher” debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival and has continued to screen in various film festivals, museums and film houses nationally, including Ovation TV. Directed by Austin based editor and long-time Richard Linklater collaborator, Sandra Adair, the film is a deeply personal and psychological portrait, edited by Adair with a soundtrack composed by Graham Reynolds. A TBA screening of the film will take place in Dallas during the run of the exhibition.
Lance Letscher lives and works in Austin, TX where he earned a BFA and an MFA from the University of Texas. His work is shown internationally, including recent exhibitions in France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium and Germany. He is represented by galleries in Paris, France; Santa Fe, NM; New York, NY; Jackson, WY; Austin, TX and Dallas, TX.