Los Angeles

Constance Mallinson

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Constance Mallinson is concerned with the mediation of landscape painting by photography, specifically the idealized, picturesque vista commonly associated with National Geographic and Life magazines. During the ’80s her explorations took the form of large grids of small landscape vignettes appropriated from photographic sources and then restructured to form larger pictographic panoramas. Such arrangements forced us to recognize our view of the landscape as a received, ideological doxa, in which nature is not only framed for the delectation of monocular perspective but also made safe, via notions such as the Sublime, reflecting an Enlightenment conception of subjectivity and faith in inevitable historical progress.

However, the traditional framing of easel painting, with its retinally centered view of the landscape, tended to reinforce exactly what Mallinson was trying to deconstruct. In

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