Although this group show’s title points to its focus being an extraterrestrial one, the multimedia pieces on view primarily depict visions of Earth-bound natural landscapes. Presented on-site at 303 Gallery and online, “Alien Landscape” features new and recent work from artists such as Doug Aitken, Elad Lassry, and Stephen Shore.
Throughout the exhibition, scenes reveal scant evidence of human life. Animals seem at ease, as with a fawn portrayed in an untitled painting by Maureen Gallace from 2007. Meanwhile, as an uninterrupted expanse encompassing massive canyons appears to unfold across Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Joi Bittle’s Cosmorama (2018), that it is, in reality, a fabrication confined to a diorama hardly takes away from the vista, dramatic sunset and all.
From 303 Gallery:
Rendering terrain both observed and invented, these works reframe our perspective, while in turn cultivating a heightened awareness of ourselves as just a small part of a big planet—one that requires our attention and care.
Matt Johnson, Alien Cactus, 2015. Cast bronze with oil paint, 18 1/2 x 12 x 5 3/4 inches.