Past Exhibitions

Landscape Confection

Exhibition Through May 7, 2006

The Orange County Museum of Art presents Landscape Confection, an exhibition that showcases new and intriguing works that expand the boundaries of landscape painting. Opening February 5, 2006, the exhibition features more than 50 imagined landscapes portrayed in stitched fabric, beads, wax, metal, silk flowers, and other surprising materials. The emerging and mid-career artists represented in Landscape Confection are from England, Switzerland, France, Australia, India, Germany, and the United States. The exhibition, organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, will remain on view through May 7, 2006 and is presented with a wide array of related public programs including the museum’s popular Thursday evening, free events.

Some of the works in Landscape Confection are derived from topography, some from the realm of fantasy and dreamscape, while others straddle the line between traditional landscape art and abstraction. The artists in the show, many under the age of 40, embrace the idea of the decorative, with influences ranging from naturalist illustrations to impressionism to wallpaper patterns. 

“These works of art present beautiful representations of the landscape while, at the same time, offer intrigue through their unusual selection of materials and interpretations of the world,” states Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Elizabeth Armstrong. “It’s exciting to host an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and installations that engage on so many levels, appealing to the broad audiences of our region.”

The compositions of Lisa Sanditz bear the recognizable signs of the American scene, but lack human participants. In these collisions of artificial icons and natural forms, she focuses on shopping malls, freeways, golf courses, and other constructed landscapes that turn encounters with nature into mere memory. 

After experiencing the media’s fascination with Venus Williams’ hair braids at a U.S. Open, Kori Newkirk began to create landscapes reminiscent of cornrows. Hung closely together from a strip of aluminum, Newkirk employs the culturally specific pony beads to create generic landscapes such as snow-covered pines and turquoise skies. 

Rowena Dring brings a craft-orientation to her mosaic landscapes where color-blocked imagery recalls the look of comic strips, maps, and the once popular paint-by-number kits. Using stitched fabric, her needlework-inspired compositions examine nature’s own unique patterns. Neal Rock creates candy-colored bouquets of paint using cake-decorating tools, while Ranjani Shettar’s installation is made of hundreds of beeswax “buds” connected by dyed thread and suspended from different points of the ceiling. Other artists in the exhibition, all working in various media, are Pia Fries, Jason Gubbiotti, Jim Hodges, David Korty, Katie Pratt, Michael Raedecker, Amy Sillman, and Janaina Tschäpe. 

Exhibition Catalogue

A fully illustrated clothback catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with an essay by exhibition curator Helen Molesworth of the Wexner Center for the Arts, and entries on each artist by Claudine Isé, associate curator at the Wexner Center. 


Exhibition Credits

Landscape Confection was organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University.


Major support is provided by Univar USA, The Scotts Company, and Nancy and David Gill. Additional support is provided by Glavan Fehér Architects, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.

The Orange County presentation is generously supported by Louise Merage and Linda Maggard. 

Media sponsorship is provided by the Daily Pilot, KCET, KPCC, and KUSC.