Are We There Yet?

Lauren Hall, Gareth Lichty, Sam Mogelonsky

Jan 14 - Feb 26, 2012

Opening: Jan 14, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

This group exhibit brings together the work of Lauren Hall, Gareth Lichty and Sam Mogelonsky to explore landscape simulation as a function of the tourist imagination. Beyond invoking a common phrase heard on the way to a destination, the title Are We There Yet? hints at the elusiveness of the expected destination and redefines codified landscapes as sites of actualized imagination. Lichty hooks rugs simulating sod through a backing woven on a loom of 2x4s. Using garden hose instead of yarn, Lichty’s piece jabs at the practice of maintaining a well-manicured lawn. In her pieces, Hall creates the illusion of near a perfect sunset and sunrise by pouring brightly coloured sand into translucent corrugated plastic using simple shapes as shorthand for mountain-scape and airplane windows. In the Project Room, Mogelonsky’s fluorescent sign illuminates the phrase “Wish you were here.” Written in casual cursive and casting a quiet blue glow, the piece compels a slower, more intimate reading of the words that are habitually tacked onto the end of postcard messages.