Old Growth: New Work by Lance Letscher
August 21, 2020–September 9, 2020
Artist’s Reception: Friday, August 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, August 22, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Contact: Amy Weber
Letscher lives, works, and collects the various found objects that make up his playful collages in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Always on the lookout for unique materials, he stockpiles old book covers, newspaper clippings, vintage LP covers, recipes, and antique letters. The use of semi-recognizable items and materials gives Letscher’s work an unplaceable sense of nostalgia and familiarity, an almost “on the tip of my tongue” impression. His collages are comprised of fascinating patterns and textures; Letscher truly has an eye for harmony of color and the familiarity of his material adds to his work’s broad appeal.
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 notice in the Dallas art scene for his small sculptures, before transitioning to drawing, print-making and eventually collage. He is also the author and illustrator of the children’s book The Perfect Machine.
He has been exhibited throughout the United States. Letscher’s work is expanding and gaining traction internationally, and has been shown in Paris, Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, London and Poland. 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 on his work. Letscher’s process is chronicled as the subject of a documentary by Oscar-nominated editor and filmmaker Sandra Adair.
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