In the Landscape: Donna J. Wan
Aug 17—Sep 14 2012
How do people identify with the landscape? Our relationship to nature and accessible recreational areas is an ever-changing experience that touches on the need to experience the mythology of nature, solitude and expectations. "In The Landscape," an exhibition by photographer Donna J. Wan, investigates our compulsion to pursue nature, often from a vantage point at the end of a paved parking lot, and the effect such dichotomies may have on us.
In Wan's digitally printed color photographs from medium-format color film negatives, the viewer is invited to change places with the humanity at the edge of nature. Curator W.M. Hunt writes, "Donna J. Wan does literally put us 'in the landscape.' How we look or how we see is at the heart of this work. Man’s presence is important in this work because it provides us with a sense of scale, the way in which we are dwarfed by the enormity of Nature. She gets it right. Seeing from the photographer’s distant point of view we share that smallness, like little specks of humanity, flies on the wall … of a mountain."
Wan earned a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Her work has been shown at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe; Klompching Gallery in New York City; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and SFMOMA Artists Gallery in San Francisco; the Photo Center Northwest in Seattle; and the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Ore.
She was selected by the Magenta Foundation as a Flash Forward 2007 Emerging Photographer and by ArtSeen as a 2008 Emerging Artist. Most recently, Wan received an Honorable Mention award for Review Santa Fe's Project Launch category (2012) and was shortlisted (first place award pending) for the 2012 APA / Lucie Foundation Scholarship. Her work has appeared in Fraction Magazine, Lenscratch, Forward Thinking Museum, Time Out Chicago, Profifoto and the Conscientious website by Joerg Colberg. In 2009, she was awarded an artist's residency at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and was invited by Catherine Opie to lecture at UCLA. Collectors of her work include the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford and Thomas Kellner. Wan was born in Taiwan and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Above: "At the Edge of the Lake," 2011, 25" x 20"Terra Hall
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