Go See – New York: Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth, Selections from Systematic Landscapes’ at Pace Wildenstein through October 24, 2009

October 4th, 2009

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via PaceWildenstein

Maya Lin’s first solo exhibition with PaceWildenstein, ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth,’ is currently on view in New York.  The exhibition includes three large-scale installations, excerpted from her museum show ‘Systematic Landscapes,’ which premiered at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle in 2006.  The sculptures look at different topographies, two real and one imagined, in a dramatic downshift of scale, allowing viewers to experience inaccessible or impossible landscapes in an unfamiliar perspective, challenging their relationship to the natural world. Lin remarked in the catalog essay for ‘Systematic Landscapes,’ “A strong respect and love for the land exists throughout my work.  I cannot remember a time when I was not concerned with environmental issues or when I did not feel humbled by the beauty of the natural world….these works are a response to that beauty.”

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Maya Lin: Three Ways of Looking at the Earth [PaceWildenstein]
Maya Lin: Three Ways of Looking at the Earth [The Scout]
Maya Lin: Three Ways of Looking at the Earth [L Magazine]
Three Ways of Looking at the Earth [Examiner]

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio


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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via PaceWildenstein

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Maya Lin’s ‘2 x 4 Landscape’ via Maya Lin Studio

‘2 x 4 Landscape’ is Lin’s imagined landscape, a 10-foot-tall pixelated swelling hill made of over 50,000 two-by-fours. ‘Water Line’ uses aluminum wire to draw a map of the ocean floor ascending to Bouvet Island, located about 1,000 miles north of Antarctica and one of the remotest islands in the world. The structure is hung from the ceiling, allowing visitors to walk under and around it. The third large-scale work is ‘Blue Lake Pass,’ which derives its contours from an area in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado where the artist has spent much time.

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Maya Lin’s ‘Water Line’ via Maya Lin Studio

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio

Lin is most well known for her design of the Vietnam War memorial, which she won in a competition in her senior year at Yale. She has worked as an artist and architect, most recently designing the Museum of Chinese in America in New York’s Chinatown, which opened last month. A dedicated environmentalist, much of her work uses recycled materials and focuses on landscapes and sustainability.

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via PaceWildenstein

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Maya Lin’s ‘Blue Lake Pass’ via Maya Lin Studio

Lin also has a solo exhibition at Salon 94, also in New York, “Recycled Landscapes,’ which presents smaller sculptures constructed from recycled materials. That exhibition runs from September 24 through November 13, 2009. Lin has a solo exhibition at the Storm King Art Center, as well, in Mountainville, NY, about an hour north of New York City, which features a large earthwork, ‘Storm King Wavefield.’

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio

‘Maya Lin: Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ runs September 10 through October 24, 2009 at PaceWildenstein’s West 22nd Street location in New York.

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via PaceWildenstein

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio

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Maya Lin’s ‘Water Line’ via Maya Lin Studio

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via PaceWildenstein

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Maya Lin’s ‘Three Ways of Looking at the Earth’ via Maya Lin Studio

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Maya Lin’s ‘Blue Lake Pass’ via Maya Lin Studio