May 09, 2018 to June 23, 2018
661 Sun Valley Road
Ketchum - 83340 ID
Wendel Wirth is best known for her landscape photographs with a minimalist palette. Her large-scale color photographs taken from a single vantage point explore atmospheric nuance in swiftly changing environments. Choosing to shoot in atmospheric conditions, Wirth creates monochromatic images that distort the viewer’s perspective of the landscape. Her compositions prompt the viewer to contemplate our place in the world. Wirth’s purpose is for the viewer to look inward at how the image moves them. "My intent is that the complexities and pensive nature of the photographs are universal, and yet, intimately personal", Wirth states.
Small towns consume me like a favorite novel. I read slowly, exploring every word. The simple architecture, local industry, aging hotels, all but vacant motels, rain soaked cows, fenced-in dogs, sparsely visited gas stations, single dirt roads, weathered hands… all construct a narrative that ignite me with a multitude of questions. No Vacancy reflects the conjured narratives that begin to form within us as we pass through unfamiliar places.
My relentless obsession of both photography and minimalism led me to layer a block of color on top of the image, essentially hiding a piece of it. I became deeply curious about the relationship between photography and minimalism; how we see and how we experience both an image and an art form. I found that combining the two adds a sense of movement and in turn, alludes to cinema and its heightened narrative. The color blocks, each playing a unique role amongst its black and white counterpart, inject character & complexity to the work asking the viewer to experience the image differently while ultimately commenting on photography as an art form.
No Vacancy consists of black & white, color block photographs. The archival pigment prints are available in three sizes; approximately 20x30, 30x45 and 47x70 inches.