Mark Kramer describes the work of Landet on his essay titled
“Taxonomy of a Landscape”
George Sand, the troubled Romantic writer, was just a young pregnant
woman, a slight illness forced her to lock herself in her room for
six long weeks and give up the horse back rides in the park she so
enjoyed. With sadness, but with hope, she took charge of moving the
park itself into her room: the roof was covered with green cloth, the
corners were filled with fir branches and timid birds were taken in
to fly within those four dark walls.
recreate a beloved landscape, requires us to know it intimately.
Bringing a landscape before our eyes, confronts us with the need to
define it in a subjective and capricious manner: a single fabric,
some branches and a flock of birds were necessary in order
to recreate Sand's forest indoors.
Landet works, classification is the most accurate way to know every
tiny detail of these unfamiliar paintings. He cuts them, he covers
them, stains and almost inadvertently rescues them from oblivion.
the taxonomic process involved is more than an obsessive-compulsive
impulse to classify and categorize. Taxonomy becomes a way of
narrating and telling stories; since narrating requires the gathering
of events in time; such as hundreds of small squares of different
canvases and making us believe they were born from the same brush.
paintings used by Landet, paintings tarnished by indifference and at
some point left at the flea market by a heartless individuals, were
at one point temporarily at rest, a visual history full of intimate
anecdotes revealed only to the men behind their signatures. They are,
(now I realize like those stories heard over generations at the
center of a family table), as if they where part of an ancient oral
narrative hidden behind a portrait, a slashed photograph or a series
of handwritten signatures.
after watching with scientific patience, Landet could now listen to
the anecdotes once told by those paintings. He collaged, fragmented,
and bitterly interrupted them with a wall or a thick black stain to
narrate the tales of a different generation marked by other horrors.
Thus, letting us understand that by looking back and rearranging the
images of the past, becomes not only a way to create an original
work, but a chance for all which has preceded not fade into
of hope then José Luis Landet has created in the middle of
these bright and white (and not the Sand's dark room) gallery
walls, the birth of an intimate and vast landscape, which we yearn
and will secretly recount to the children of our children.
Luis Landet’s work involves a wide range of operating and
assimilating cultural processes crossed by social, political and
ideological actions, through which he explores cultural remnants
restoration and presentation of other artists works, mostly amateur
painters,represents an ideal starting point for Landet’s
objectives: to recover, document and innovate.
believes classification is the most accurate way to know every tiny
detail of an unfamiliar painting. The Argentinian artist deconstructs
images, and in the process, reveals new narratives. Landet
deconstruct images and in the process review new narratives.