POETICS OF PLACE
RECEPTION FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 7-9pm
When Joe Landry made his debut at Kobalt Gallery last season as a featured guest artist, the response to his hyperrealist sculptures of both urban and rural structures quickly secured his place on the gallery roster. Landry returns with “Poetics of Place”, the artist’s latest series of authentically detailed architectural reliefs created primarily from painted basswood with handcrafted, found object, and photographic elements. Landry’s penchant for surprise avails itself in unexpected ways as windows and doors lead to cleverly engineered optics within the structures themselves, tricking the eye into a false sense of depth and perspective.
Having worked professionally in medical illustration, art restoration, woodworking, environmental graphic design, and architectural photography, the combination of Landry’s diverse skills are brought into focus by referencing family photo albums, period photographs, and existing buildings, ultimately actualized in the form of scaled down versions of real property. Landry strives for the highest degree of authenticity so that the viewer feels transported to that very locale and virtually discovers the stories it has to tell. As a participant in the diorama art movement, he recognizes that these common taboos – nostalgia, realism and craft, ultimately become artistic means.
Joe Landry is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, with postgraduate studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, and the Kokoschka School of Vision in Salzburg. He has taught art and design at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Tufts University.
Meet the artist Friday August 17th from 7 to 9pm.