PLATFORM 19: Letha Wilson, Hawaii California Steel (Figure Ground)

Letha Wilson, Hawaii California Steel (Figure Ground), 2017
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On View May 22, 2017 - May 31, 2020
Exhibition Location: Sculpture Park

Hawaii California Steel (Figure Ground) brings large-scale photography to the Sculpture Park. A site-specific commission, this 10-foot-tall sculpture made of intersecting steel plates features larger than life-size photographs of the desert and jungle. Taken during Letha Wilson’s recent travels to Joshua Tree National Park and Kauai Island of Hawaii, these fragmented views of contrasting terrains create compelling shifts of scale and perspective within deCordova’s cultivated New England landscape. Hawaii California Steel stretches the boundaries of outdoor sculpture by using new digital imaging technologies that print directly onto metal, thus bridging new forms of photo-mechanical representation with the legacy of large-scale outdoor steel sculpture.

About the PLATFORM series

PLATFORM is a series of one-person commissioned projects by early- and mid-career artists from New England and the world that engage with deCordova’s unique landscape. The PLATFORM series lets artists expand their practice and visitors experience new approaches to contemporary sculpture.

PLATFORM 19 was generously funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.

PLATFORM 19: Letha Wilson, Hawaii California Steel (Figure Ground) Brochure (PDF)

Wilson is a New York-based artist whose work exposes the interdependent relationships among architectural construction, the natural landscape, and its representation through photography.  She deftly merges the mediums of sculpture and photographs by transforming images she has taken of the American West—vast canyons, desert plants, and sky—into objects embedded in walls, floors, or ceilings. Wilson earned a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Hunter College, New York. Her work has been shown at numerous venues, including Art in General, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the International Center of Photography, New York. Wilson was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2013 and a Jerome Foundation Travel grant in 2014.