The practice of reverse migration aptly conveys the concepts explored in Van Houten’s work. Photographing iconic farm and field structures, human habitats and landscape she meditates on losing one’s way, on seeking home, adapting, and survival. The exhibit’s title piece, like others in the exhibit, conveys a sense of loss, even decay, but also suggests what is recoverable and can be brought back and made to live.
The exhibit features installations of photographs, originally photographed with a Polaroid camera, printed on cotton paper, and variously coated in encaustic medium. Van Houten’s landscape narratives require the observer to change viewing position and distance from image to image, like the attention of a passenger on a train. The wax on these images acts as a distorting window on each subject, distancing the viewer from the landscapes while contributing to the compositional rhythm of each piece.
The photographs are grouped on steel shelves or simply pinned to the wall. They form narrow lines suggesting a broad horizon or line of poetry. The two modes of installation, one ephemeral, one more permanent, underscore the content of the photographs.
Van Houten has exhibited her artwork internationally. She has been awarded recent residencies in County Kerry, Ireland, and Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Her work is in the collections of the New York Public Library, the International Center of Photography, St. Louis Art Museum, as well as university and corporate collections. Van Houten received a BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from Southern Illinois University. She is the former director of PS 209 Gallery and lives in Stone Ridge, NY.
- Reception: Saturday, February 6th, 5-7pm
- Start Date: Saturday, 06 February 2016
- End Date: Saturday, 16 April 2016
- Artist Web Site: lorivanhouten.com
- Archive: 2016