I remember first seeing Lance’s work two years ago when he had two concurrent shows in the summer. One was at AMOA and the other at DBerman. He collects old books and magazines and culls their pages for specific colors and collages them to create attractive shapes and forms. Some are more colorful and cheery, while others are broody and monochromatic. Occasionally there is text and he uses it as another drawing element.
So as I walk into the gallery I am diappointed to find more of the same kind of work. Strips of paper and magazine covers cut and reorganized to form playful arrangements of color and shapes. They look nice. I remember seeing some red pinwheel shapes on some large sheets and a couple of pieces with fleets of barbell shapes coasting through the work.
Then I see some newer works that use long, thin strips with grid-like anchors. With these I start to see them overlap more and create three-dimensional depth. But in relation to the other work, nothing to get too excited about. As I move back towards the entrance of the gallery, artist Sydeny Yeager examines the final three pieces and is about to speak to me as if she knows me. I can only guess that she was impressed with this new work. As was I. In the last two pieces, Mr. Letscher applies his “lines” in a woven manner and creates a more sculptural collage. The strips were laid down in a simple grid pattern, but the colors and the craftsmanship made it extra special.
I think the archival process and the necessity of an organized collection for books became alive in those two pieces. If you can imagine standing in a library and looking at row upon row of book spines receding into the horizon, thats kinda what I saw with Mr. Letscher’s work. he still used the colors and text as elements in producing a well composed design. The obvious use of order somehow reverted the materials to a previous state and allowed them to be categorized with new context and purpose. In the other collages, a red strip is used to make a red mark. In the grid, a red strip was assigned a placement and a relationship to the strips next to it. The criteria may be alien, but it is understood that its placement is a logical decision. Did that make sense?
I enjoyed the work. His flatter stuff is good, but it was the more layered stuff that jumped at me. This show is GOOD.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.