Key Observation Point originates from artist Susanna Battin'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.
Situated within LACA's physical collection, Battin presents a series of landscape renderings that investigate these observation points and perspectives. 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 human relationships with nature.
Exhibition Aug 31 - Sept 28th
Opening Aug 31 6-10 PM
709 N Hill Street
Suite 104/8 (upstairs)
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Photographs: Sean Sprague