Key Observation Point originates from the artist’s interest in the Landscape Scenic Quality Scale, a metric pioneered by a group of landscape architects and foresters in the late 20th century who sought to quantify beauty as a means of environmental protection. The scale’s system, language, and founding ideology are now embedded in the political process of legitimizing development projects of high impact. The Chiquita Canyon Landfill’s most recent Environmental Impact Report uses the Landscape Scenic Quality Scale to break down the site’s surrounding areas into seven key observation points.
Vividness, intactness, and unity, are the three guiding principles through which a landscape’s beauty is understood as scenic fact. Using the report’s descriptions as a script for painting, Battin questions the forensic motives of transfiguring space into language and data, while exploring the pictorial traditions that inform our relationships with nature.
Exhibition runs Aug 31 - Sept 28th.
Opening reception is Aug 31 from 6pm - 10pm
LACA hours: 12pm-6pm Wednesday-Saturday
- Photo credit: Susanna Battin Key Observation Point 5