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Conceptual Landscape Artist Combines Photography, Objects and Exploration


The scenic landscape of the Brandywine inspires a new work by a Brooklyn-based artist. See “Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses” at the Brandywine River Museum Aug. 23-Nov. 16. A conceptual landscape artist, Jensen combines photography, found objects and immersive exploration of the landscape to create his art. Spending a great deal of time in the landscape—walking and exploring—is essential to his process, and it often yields huge collections. “The 49 States,” recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, captured what he calls expansive and beautiful “nowheres” that, “despite their separation from the hustle and flow of people and cities, are still touched by technology.” The Brandywine River Museum of Art project began with a series of discovery walks around Chadds Ford, when the artist took pictures and collected interesting objects. The project culminated in a display created by the artist of his photos and found objects in the museum. The project will be on view in third floor hallway, juxtaposed with the landscape he walked and observed. A map created by Jensen invites visitors to explore the environment on their own. Jensen’s interest in nature springs from childhood experiences exploring ruins along rivers and creeks in his native Connecticut. His work has been featured in The New Yorker and Art in America. brandywinemuseum.org


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