Greene County News Report
YELLOW SPRINGS — The Yellow Springs Arts Council will present “Altered” — a show about altered landscapes, realities, memories and materials.
Landon Crowell minimally alters his materials so they still retain a sense of their intended purpose and yet at the same time become something completely different. His art is made of basic construction materials scavenged from construction site dumpsters and demo projects from remodels. They had a previous life, ranging from shelving, stud walls and art shipping crates. This gives the elements of each piece a memory, a previous life, according to officials at the YSAC.
“Our memories over time fade, all the fine detail gets lost, except for those few gems of detail that make each memory special,” Crowell said. “Maybe its how brilliantly deep blue the sky was, the deepest blue you have ever witnessed.”
After four and a half years studying metalsmithing and sculpture at the University of Akron, he completed his bachelor of fine arts in sculpture at Wright State University. He spent more than 17 years traveling and living in Arizona, New Mexico and Vermont, honing his technical skills and exploring the art making process.
“The work in ‘Altered’ is a culmination of ideas and material experimentation that I have been working on since 2010, with some elements reaching back as far as 1975,” Crowell said. “The work is based on memories, emotional attachments to concrete ideas and realities present in specific geographic locations. But when the work is constructed and the materials are ‘Altered’ the concrete realities become a new place, almost a fantasy place.”
“Landscapes that are very similar to the American West,” Crowell added. “Due to fading memories and realities they seem as if they are real, and a place that you have maybe visited as a child when your whole family took that summer road trip across the west.”
Locally, Crowell’s art has been seen at WSU, the Rosewood Art Center, DVAC and in artist-collaborative pop-up shows in the area. He is currently the Sculpture and Gallery Technician at WSU.
The opening reception takes place 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 17 during the Yellow Springs Art Stroll. Refreshments will be offered. It takes place at the YSAC Community Gallery, 111 Corry St. in Yellow Springs. The show closes Sunday, July 10.
Greene County News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers.