New paintings by Lisa Sanditz engage a notion of the sublime landscape. These works find their source and modality from a series of road trips across the country, serving as both vignettes of rural American peculiarity and as accounts of commercialization and its dialogue with the surrounding wilderness.
The painting Organized Living, from which the exhibition takes its title, presents a big-box-style home-organization store through a composite of modernist painting motifs that reference the construction methods of these structures. A dizzying checkerboard pattern facade makes gestures of the store’s signage and accents the strip-mall’s haphazard design. The Village of Hiddenbrooke depicts a housing development commercially endorsed by the artist Thomas Kinkade. Sparsely landscaped and sitting packed into an arid California valley, the community is a sharp contrast to the nostalgic vistas Kinkade reveres. Earthships and Their Neighbors, however, depicts a community built from recycled materials and alternative energy. These structures seem integrated with their environment, mimicking the mesas and terrain that surround them in a seemingly symbiotic relationship.