OVERLAND: Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris

June 20 - August 9, 2009

Lannan Foundation Gallery
309 Read Street
Santa Fe, NM

over-land (ō‘vƏr land’) by, on, or across land

View Victoria Sambunaris’s bio on Lannan.org.

Alaskan pipeline photograph by Victoria Sambunaris
Untitled, 2003
Alaskan pipeline, Atigun Pass, Brooks Range, Alaska) C-Print
39 x 55 inches, ed. 3/5
Collection Lannan Foundation

Overland, an exhibition of 14 large color photographs by Victoria Sambunaris from the Lannan Collection. Each year, for the last ten years, Victoria Sambunaris has set out from her home in New York to cross the United States by car, alone with her camera. Her photographs capture the expansive American landscape and the man-made and natural adaptations that intersect it.

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, 2001, (Distant train with plains, Gillete, WY) C-Print, ed. 1/5, Collection Lannan Foundation.
Untitled, 2001
(Distant train with plains, Gillete, WY) C-Print
ed. 1/5
Collection Lannan Foundation

The images celebrate the intersection of civilization, geology, and natural history, particular to the United States, featuring trains in Texas and Wyoming, trucks in New Jersey and Wisconsin, the oil pipeline in Alaska, uranium tailings in Utah, and a unique view of Arizona’s Petrified Forest. Combined, they present a sparse and vast landscape, dotted by human intervention, that is distinctly American.

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, 2004, (Potash mine-distant view, Wendover, UT) C-Print, 39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5, Collection Lannan Foundation.
Untitled, 2004
(Potash mine-distant view, Wendover, UT) C-Print
39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5Collection Lannan Foundation

For most of my photographic life, my interest has been the American landscape. I have journeyed extensively in my car throughout this country taking particular interest in the vast transformation of the landscape: the industrial parks of New Jersey; the border towns along the Rio Grande; the Salton Sea in California; the Petrified Forest in Arizona; the industry around Salt Lake, the mines of Nevada, the trains in Nebraska; I have journeyed to Alaska, venturing 500 miles on a gravel road, crossing the Arctic Circle, the Brooks Range to arrive in Prudhoe Bay; I have resided on an abandoned air force base on the salt flats of Utah looking out at the Enola Gay hangar; I have encircled the calderas of Hawaii mesmerized by the vast cavity upon the earth and penetrated the subterranean passages of the landscape to explore the delicate formations that make up our cave systems in the south. I have voyaged the I-80 corridor driving 11,000 miles striving to grasp the force of our geologic evolution and our place within it. My work in search of subject matter has taken me on seemingly every road, parkway, thruway, highway, freeway and turnpike between the coasts and beyond as I traverse the ever-changing American landscape. — Victoria Sambunaris

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, 2005 (Uranium Tailings, Mexican Hat, UT), C-Print, 30 x 42.5  inches, ed. 1/5, Collection Lannan Foundation.
Untitled, 2005
(Uranium Tailings, Mexican Hat, UT) C-Print
>39 x 42.5 inches, ed. 1/5
Collection Lannan Foundation

The title of the exhibition was inspired by 19th century geologist and explorer of the American West, John Wesley Powell and by the 1871 novel by J.W. Deforest, Overland, which begins “In those days, Santa Fé, New Mexico, was an undergrown, decrepit, out at-elbows ancient hidalgo of a town, with not a scintillation of prosperity or grandeur about it, except the name of capital.” Though the Deforest reference could be perceived as a gentle rib at Lannan’s home base, the artist takes particular satisfaction in the knowledge that a large body of her work resides in this Southwestern town.

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, 2005, (Kilauea Caldera-distant, Hawaii) C-Print, 39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5 Collection Lannan Foundation.
Untitled, 2005
(Kilauea Caldera-distant, Hawaii) C-Print
39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5Collection Lannan Foundation


Sambunaris’ images depict epic stories of geology, commerce, and emigration, all mixed with notions of Manifest Destiny. She explains, “I resist approaching a landscape strictly as an expanse of scenery but view it as an anomaly with an abundance of information to be discovered. Although I am captivated by the idea of how we inhabit our landscapes as we forge ahead in our development, my intent is to transcend political, ethical or environmental ideology and to allow viewers their own notions and meanings.”

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, 2004 (Petrified Forest Near Holbrook, AZ), C-Print, 39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5, Collection Lannan Foundation.
Untitled, 2004
(Petrified Forest Near Holbrook, AZ) C-Print
39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5Collection Lannan

Born in 1964, Sambunaris graduated from the Yale University MFA program in 1999. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe.

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, 2007, (Drilling Site with Tundra-Distant View, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska) C-Print, 39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5, Collection Lannan Foundation.
Untitled, 2007
(Drilling Site with Tundra-Distant View, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska) C-Print39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5
Collection Lannan Foundation

A complimentary catalogue commemorating this exhibition will be designed by Twin Palms Publishers and published by Lannan Foundation.

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, 2000, (Celadon truck line, Laredo, TX) C-Print, 39 x 55 inches, ed. 2/5, Collection Lannan Foundation.
Untitled, 2000
(Celadon truck line, Laredo, TX) C-Print
39 x 55 inches, ed. 2/5Collection Lannan Foundation

Concurrent to the Lannan show, James Kelly Contemporary will present the exhibition, Victoria Sambunaris: A Space in Time, New Photographs 2007-2008, on view from June 20 to July 18, 2008. James Kelly Contemporary, 1601 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tel. 505.989.1601.

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, 2007, (Gilette, WY) C-Print, 39 x 55 inches,  ed. 1/5, Collection Lannan Foundation.
Untitled, 2007
(Gilette, WY) C-Print
39 x 55 inches, ed. 1/5
Collection Lannan Foundation

For more information visit:
www.jameskelly.com
www.yanceyrichardson.com

Installation Photographs

Installation View Overland: Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris, Lannan Foundation, June 20-August 9, 2009, Photo: Addison Doty

Installation View Overland: Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris, Lannan Foundation, June 20-August 9, 2009, Photo: Addison Doty

Installation View Overland: Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris, Lannan Foundation, June 20-August 9, 2009, Photo: Addison Doty

Installation View Overland: Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris, Lannan Foundation, June 20-August 9, 2009, Photo: Addison Doty

Installation View Overland: Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris, Lannan Foundation, June 20-August 9, 2009, Photo: Addison Doty

Installation View Overland: Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris, Lannan Foundation, June 20-August 9, 2009, Photo: Addison Doty

Installation View Overland: Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris, Lannan Foundation, June 20-August 9, 2009, Photo: Addison Doty