"Chorography-The Art of Mapping"
August 5,2016 thru September 24,2016
For our August and September 2016 exhibition, Plinth Gallery is pleased to showcase the ceramic work of Chandler Romeo. A Colorado native, Romeo has had an active studio practice in Denver for over 25 years. Well regarded for her prints, drawings as well as her ceramic sculpture, she is an active participant in civic art committees in the Front Range of Colorado. Most recently, Romeo was involved in the selection of public art commissions for the new commuter train complex at Denver International Airport.
Chandler Romeo’s ceramic sculpture has always been an exploration of the landscape that show the relationship between landscape and elevation. Using the Jeffersonian Public Land Survey System of mapping that divides land into township, range and section, her large installations of three dimensional tiles form a gridded rural landscape complete with canyons, mountains, and valleys. These stylized representations of the landscape are what the artist refers to as “her macro-view” of the earth’s topography. Other ceramic installations depict urban landscapes, with architectural features such as buildings inset into pre-defined spaces within each landscape tile in a puzzle-like manner. All of Romeo’s ceramic tiles are glazed in muted colors having a very satin surface quality.
After a recent residency at The UCross Foundation in Wyoming, Romeo began referencing The Metes and Bounds Description system in her ceramic constructions. This method of mapping uses the actual physical features of the local geography along with directions and distances, to define and describe the boundaries of a parcel of land. Now adopting a “micro view” of the land’s topography, these three dimensional tiles look at the landscape in a more detailed way, including elements of human interference, such as pivot irrigation, agriculture, roads or buildings
Jonathan Kaplan, Plinth Gallery curator, references Romeo’s ceramic constructions as, “…decoding the landscape. Whether the view is from afar or close up, she interprets topography in a unique and compelling way. The historical references are a link between a contemporary vision and original mapping systems that are still used and very relevant today.”
Chandler Romeo’s exhibition “Chorography: The Art of Mapping” opens at Plinth Gallery on Friday August 5, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm for a reception with the artist. The work will be on view through September 24, 2016. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5pm and by appointment. Plinth Gallery is located in Denver’s River North Art District at 3520 Brighton Blvd. Visit our website www.plinthgallery.com or call the gallery for further information.