In­fra (Struc­ture) at the Lan­nan Foundation Gallery

COM­PLEX FRAME­WORK: IN­FRA STRUC­TURE AT LAN­NAN FOUNDATION GALLERY

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A vast earth­work, a scratched-Plex­i­glas im­age of Trin­ity Site, and a draw­ing more than 18 feet long of a Min­nesota city are among the pieces fea­tured in (In­fra) Struc­ture: com­plex, be­low and fur­ther on, open­ing at the Lan­nan Foundation Gallery on Satur­day, July 16.

“I think earth is the ma­te­rial with the most po­ten­tial be­cause it is the orig­i­nal source ma­te­rial,” said land artist Michael Heizer. His mas­sive City sculp­ture, un­der­way (in part via Lan­nan grants) since the 1970s in the Ne­vada desert, is in­spired by the an­cient Maya cities and by the Na­tive Amer­i­can mound builders. It is a sprawl­ing, el­e­gant sym­phony of lines, trun­cated pyra­mids, and other forms con­structed mostly of earth. On view at (In­fra) Struc­ture is a 2008 ae­rial pho­to­graph of the project from Lan­nan’s col­lec­tion.

Another photo, ti­tled Lux: Me­trop­o­lis 35° 10’N 136° 50’E (Nagoya), is from a se­ries Christina Seely has done fo­cus­ing on some of the world’s most brightly lit cities, as iden­ti­fied in NASA images. This piece ex­em­pli­fies the ex­hi­bi­tion strat­egy: “Look­ing at the ways in which artists take struc­tural foun­da­tions and record, re­ar­range, or imag­ine them anew,

(In­fra) Struc­ture re­minds us of all the won­drous pos­si­bil­i­ties of hu­man in­ge­nu­ity.”

Ghost towns, pil­grim­age sites, and other places preg­nant with his­tory and mean­ing have fas­ci­nated artist Joanne Le­frak. Ac­cord­ing to Le­frak, her im­age of Trin­ity Site, the New Mex­ico lo­ca­tion of the first atomic bomb test on July 16, 1945, shows “a kind of a phys­i­cally ‘empty’ land­scape yet com­pletely not empty at the same time when con­sid­ered within the con­text of our his­tor­i­cal and cur­rent col­lec­tive ideas of war.” Her medi­ums are scratched Plex­i­glas and shadow.

Sculp­tor Siah Ar­ma­jani, a res­i­dent of the United States since de­part­ing his na­tive Iran in 1960 dur­ing the reign of Mo­ham­mad Reza Shah Pahlavi, pro­duced the draw­ing Writ­ten Min­neapo­lis (The Last Tomb) in 2014. In­tended as a trib­ute both to his na­tive Tehran and his adopted home­town, the draw­ing was done with felt pen on My­lar — 36 inches high by 222 inches long — and Ar­ma­jani added an enor­mous quan­tity of tightly writ­ten Persian text as shad­ing.

In all, works by 14 artists are shown in (In­fra) Struc­ture. An open­ing re­cep­tion is sched­uled for 5 p.m. on Satur­day, July 16, and the ex­hi­bi­tion hangs through Aug. 29. The Lan­nan Foundation Gallery (309 Read St.) is open noon to 5 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days, or by ap­point­ment. Call 505-954-5149 for more in­for­ma­tion. — Paul Wei­de­man

Fred Sand­back: Study of In­stal­la­tion-Ga­lerie Heiner Friedrich, 1971, litho­graph on yel­low pa­per, Col­lec­tion Lan­nan Foundation

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