Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: September's Best Gallery Shows
Taxonomy of a Landscape
Explore one of Jose Luis Landet's panoramic geographical scenes, and you might experience an odd sense of Déjà vu. That's because the Argentine artist collects oddly familiar old landscape paintings at flea markets and garage sales during his extensive travels, tears the canvases apart and reconfigures the shards of bucolic countryside into imaginary vistas that are distinctly his vision. Imagine these works as a low-tech version of the TM Sisters' prismatic experiments, but where Landet's canvases suggest a landscape refracted through the prism of insect eyesight instead.
At Dot Fiftyone, he has taken over the main gallery room to transport viewers to his make believe terrain comprised of a sprawling installation boasting paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures and objects. Typically the Buenos Aires-based talent rescues tiny patches of these places from hundreds of different canvases to weave a tapestry of vanished stories into a single narrative that conveys notions of fading memory, the fragile nature of our environment, and the inexorable nature of time's passage.
In Dot's Project Room, don't miss Pablo Jansana's "New Monuments,' in which the Chilean-born, New York-based artist focuses on the human body as the staging ground for political and personal confrontation. Jansana, who often mines social, cultural and architectural issues in his oeuvre, is presenting new works that reflect on repressive networks that double as regulating structures.
Dot Fiftyone Gallery, 187 NW 27th St., Miami. 305-573-9994, visit dotfiftyone.com.
Tales in the Ground Glass: Adventures of a Badass Grandma
Peggy Levison Nolan, who boasts four grandkids and another on the way, has a gift for everyday scenes that manage to convey a sense of mystery. Take for example her close-cropped picture of a chair with a used hanky tucked in its seam. Did granny walk in on Joey while he was watching porn on the Internet, or does the picture capture the aftermath of a sob fest after reading that a dear friend passed in the Sunday obituaries? With Nolan's work, you are never sure. The ambiguous nature of her images capture the beauty of the quotidian while implying a grander narrative.