Though landscape photography has a varied and rich history, the exhibition Clear Cut at Gallery 44 proves that there is room for innovation within this venerated tradition. Artists Letha Wilson, Regan Golden and Nadine Bariteau represent a new, exciting school of artists engaging landscape, who are applying a tactile, sculptural approach to their practice with the aim of both reasserting the artist’s hand in the digital age and bringing attention to environmental issues. These artists, in particular, punch, cut, perform and sculpt their way forward to bring us original critiques on our culture of consumerism.
Bariteau’s single-channel video, Crown, follows the journey of an oversized pack of water bottles from purchase to disposal.
Golden’s diptychs consisting of photographic prints and graphite transfer drawings, trace and cut the contours of a forest that was cut down to make way for a subdivision.
Wilson’s photo-sculptural artworks involve cutting, punching, pouring and other physical acts in relating the experience of a natural landscape.
Nadine Bariteau is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist who specializes in printmaking, sculpture, installation and video. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal and completed her MFA at Toronto's York University.
Regan Golden is an artist and writer based in Iowa City, Indiana. Golden earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a BA from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Indiana.