EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY GALLERY OF ART
WHAT YOU SAW IS NOT THE SEA: AN INSTALLATION BY NICOLE PIETRANTONI AND DEVON WOOTTEN
Jan. 25 – March 1, 2018
Reception: an opening reception will be held Jan. 24 at noon in the EWU Gallery of Art.
Location: Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art is located in the Art Building situated in the center of the fine and performing arts complex on the EWU campus in Cheney, Washington.
Hours: gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed weekends and holidays.
Admission is free
Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art is pleased to present What you saw is not the sea, an installation artwork by Nicole Pietrantoni and Devon Wootten, Jan. 25 through March 1, 2018. An opening reception will be held Jan. 24 at noon in the EWU Gallery of Art.
What you saw is not the sea is a new collaborative work by Nicole Pietrantoni and Devon Wootten. The installation is comprised of nearly 200 accordion books stretched across the gallery to create a fragmented image of the sea. Each accordion book contains text from Wootten’s ongoing project Best American You, selections which highlight the fundamental (and multitudinous) function of apostrophic address.
With a specific interest in photography’s relationship to representation, the visual aspect of What you saw is not the sea draws attention to our active role in constructing and idealizing landscape. The work references the encyclopedic book form, the 19th century panorama, as well as the Romantic painting tradition to interrogate the tradition of landscape photography, a tradition in which the tension between beautiful, picturesque images of nature and the near-constant threat of environmental change is particularly present.
The text included in What you saw is not the sea comes from Devon Wootten’s ongoing project, Best American You. This project (currently at bestamericanyou.com), will eventually comprise every occurrence of the word “you” from the Best American Poetry Series (1988-present). While the Best American Poetry series provides a year-by-year snapshot of “good” American poetry, it also, more interestingly, aggregates a yearly record of apostrophic poetic address.