Monique Martin, Jeroen Witvliet, Kelsey Stephenson and Bettina Matzkuhn
June 22, 2018 - September 9, 2018
Monique Martin and Jeroen Witvliet
On view June 22 – September 2, 2018
Kelsey Stephenson and Bettina Matzkuhn
On view July 6 – September 9, 2018
Memory Landscape measures our experience of time and place. The environment and our immediate understanding of our surroundings are the beginnings of where, “space defines landscape, where space combined with memory defines place.” Throughout the exhibition we explore how a sensory experience of time is measured by changes that forever shape how we remember where we come from.
A sense of place is a necessary and intrinsic human desire which resonates within each of us. What comes to define our particular experience of place is mapped by both our personal geography and our connection to the landscape as it is lived-in. For writer and curator Lucy Lippard, place is defined through her understanding of landscape. “The lure of the local,” as she describes it, “is the geographical component of the psychological need to belong somewhere.” The local is a particular experience that is personal, shaped by our imagination and an emotional response to landscape: the sights and sounds that are happening all around us. Memory therefore is tied uniquely to a sensory experience of place in the exhibition.
Throughout the exhibition, an emotional connection to regional identity is evident in the approaches and attachments of all of the artists. Memory Landscape is an invitation to explore the diversity of physical and experiential relationships that we have to an understanding of place. These foundational memories begin to take shape through a recognition of the significant ecological, geological, agricultural and urban changes that impact the landscape.
Lucy Lippard, “Introduction: All Over the Place,” The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentred Society. (New York: The New Press, 2007) 4-20.