Re: "The Unbearable Absence of Landscape," a Giant Tapestry Adorning the Facade of 108 Contemporary

Dec 4, 2015

Have you noticed the enormous, vivid, and woven tapestry draping the entire front facade of the 108 Contemporary gallery in downtown Tulsa? It's an installation that's been hanging for a few weeks now, and it's entitled "The Unbearable Absence of Landscape." This vast piece -- made of panels created by hundreds of knitters all over the state with plastic yarn that, if unraveled, would stretch over 160 miles -- will have its official opening tonight (the 4th) at 6pm at 108 Contemporary as part of the First Friday Art Crawl in the Brady Arts District. Our guest on ST is the OKC-based artist who both initiated and led this project, Remy Owens, who says she first dreamed up this installation as a way to express our society's "diminishing experience with the landscape" of the natural world. As noted further of this impressive piece at the 108 Contemporary website: "The project was constructed by independent knitters, knitting circles, and outreach groups to create a single large 'blanket' covering the facade of 108 Contemporary's gallery. Inspired by our current screen-based culture and the sprawl of urbanization, the pixilated landscape represents the physical absence as well as our digital obsession and disconnect with nature. From a distance, the installation appears to be an abstracted image of a prairie landscape, in essence making the gallery a part of the skyline."