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Janelle Lynch

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Tending toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden
Glyndor Gallery | April 3—August 19, 2012

In her Garden Remains series, Janelle Lynch broadens her decade-long exploration of representations of the life cycle of landscapes to investigate the process of organic decomposition. Over the fall and winter months, in consultation with horticulture staff, Lynch studied Wave Hill’s composting system and photographed the residue. Simultaneously, staff collected and provided her with, vegetal remains from Wave Hill’s Wild Garden that otherwise would have been integrated into the compost pile, and Lynch took the remains to her property in the Catskills, where she observed and photographed them as they decomposed. She extended her investigation to include clippings and dead plants from her own garden, offering another rendering of this ubiquitous process. Lynch’s images of composting material provoke reflection on this often unconsidered aspect of the Wild Garden. As with all of her work related to the cycle of bloom, death, and now decay, Garden Remains is a metaphor for the arc of human existence.

Janelle Lynch has garnered international recognition for her large-format photographs of urban and rural landscapes. Her work has been widely exhibited, including in solo exhibitions at the Museo Archivo de la Fotografía, Mexico City, Mexico, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina, as well as in group exhibitions at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY; the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY; and the Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona, Spain, all of which have also acquired her photographs for their collections. Lynch received an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and completed a Master Class in Photography at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. In 2011, Radius Books published her first monograph, Los Jardines de México.

Garden Remains was made possible by a generous 8x10 Kodak Professional Portra 400 film grant.

 

Garden Remains I, 2012

Garden Remains I, 2012
44” x 35” each
Inkjet prints mounted on Dibond with UV laminate
Courtesy of the artist and JHB Gallery, New York, NY
 

 Garden Remains II (diptych), 2012

Garden Remains II (diptych), 2012
28” x 22.4” each 
Ink Jet Prints mounted on dibond with UV laminate
Courtesy of the artists and JHB Gallery, New York, NY
 

 Garden Remains III, 2012

Garden Remains III, 2012
25” x 20”
Ink Jet Print mounted on dibond with UV laminate
Courtesy of the artists and JHB Gallery, New York, NY

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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