Figure 8: New Works by Lance Letscher
May 26, 2023–June 24, 2023
SANTA FE, NM – TAI Modern is proud to present Figure 8: New Works by Lance Letscher, a solo exhibition by renowned collage artist, Lance Letscher.
Letscher’s world is one filled with color and detail, allowing the viewer to enter a piece and stay a while. As Erin Keever, writer from Austin, Texas, notes, “These collages demand intense and prolonged looking.”
Inspired by Elliot Smith’s album of the same name, Figure 8 showcases the dense overlapping compositions and the witty and poetic juxtaposition of images that has become a signature in Letscher’s work.
The pieces in Figure 8 explore the artist’s ongoing interest in texture, color, and composition through ornithological and environmental imagery, inspired by a trip to the Texas coast. In discussing his recent work, Letscher said, “I’ve really tried to knuckle down and make the cutting more expressive and more intricate.”
This discipline and dedication to the cacophonous whole is readily apparent in “Parrots Under a Bridge,” where twenty-seven different birds can be counted. These birds hide like a game of I-Spy among the different elements of vegetation and architecture, against a backdrop of bright red florals.
Letscher was trained as a printmaker at the University of Texas art school, where he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. In the 1980s, he began to attract interest from the Dallas art scene for his small sculptures, before transitioning to drawing, printmaking, and eventually collage. He has been exhibited extensively both domestically and internationally. In 2004, a mid-career retrospective of the artist’s work entitled Books and Parts of Books: 1996-2004 traveled to four museums. In 2009, the University of Texas Press published a full-length monograph of his work. He is also the author of the children’s book, The Perfect Machine.
In 2017, Letscher was the subject of an illuminating documentary chronicling his life and studio practice called “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher,” directed by Sandra Adair. TAI Modern will host a free screening of this documentary at the Violet Crown Santa Fe, on Thursday, May 25, 6 – 7:30pm, and will be followed by a Q&A with both Adair and Letscher. The artist reception will be on Friday, May 26, from 5 – 7pm at TAI Modern.
- 130918 Back of the Book
- 130918 Bird Call
- 130918 Book
- 130918 Dog Star
- 130918 Herons
- 130918 Juniper Garden
- 130918 Paint a Hole
- 130918 Parrots Under the Bridge
- 130918 Pink Garden with a Bridge
- 130918 Pink Glade
- 130918 Plant a Tree
- 130918 Purple Study
- 130918 Red Book with Designs
- 130918 Sea Gull
- 130918 Small Garden with a Cactus
- 130918 Smoke and Steam
- 130918 The Mystery
- 130918 Three Parrots
- 130918 Two Chimneys
- 130918 Two Days to North America