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by Todd Camplin

Think of an artist that has been plugging away in relative obscurity, then finally reaches a level
of deserved recognition. It seems that Lance Letscher is having that moment. Shows have been
opening up to him in the US and across the Atlantic. He has been featured in a film about him
and his process. This weekend will be the end of his show at Conduit Gallery. With all this success,
I can understand why he might think he is in a Parallel Universe, which is the title of his show.
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His cut-out collages have become extremely complex. To a point that each collage is packed
with an incredible amount of shapes to make up little narrative pieces.  His source material is
obviously from printed materials of the mid-twentieth century. The attempts of those illustrators
to show products or ideas of the future are iconic. I would say a bit of nostalgia is at play, but
for an ever-shrinking population. After all, I didn’t live in this era of 1950’s imagery, yet I am
familiar with it because of our recycling culture that has been repurposing past media.
Especially in the internet age where all things are subject to becoming a meme.
Lance Letscher moves from narrative to abstract. Sometimes his picture tells a story that the
viewer must decipher and other times the work consists of shapes and colors. Take his stapled
piece The Clock Upon The Wall, Letscher is creating a formalist collage with hints of illustration.
Yet the piece is mostly about the colors, shapes, and the conspicuous use of stapes. This makes
the work feel  more like a part of Frankenstein's monster. The collage Space Race combines rockets
and kitchen furniture to create a contrast of the present and future. Letscher has a
third category of work here that combines then negates the formal and narrative style.
Works like Partial Eclipse, The Lime, and Blue Book don’t quite tell a coherent story, but
also do not follow a formal formula of pure shapes.

His collage has also migrated to some bicycles. These bikes are populated with images he has
cut and collaged onto the surfaces. In the movie, he collaged over a gun. I wonder if he will
ever have a whole show of objects that have been covered with collages? With his cutting
skill, anything is possible. Lance Letscher will be showing his work through February 17th, so
this is the last chance to see this show. It is worth mentioning that Reinhard Ziegler and
Marja Ruznic are also coming down this weekend too. You will not want to miss
Ziegler’s clean, simple black and white landscapes.
Space Race 2017,
collage on wood, framed 31x40.5"
Diamont 2 2017,
collage on bicycle
Blue Elephant
Boomerang 2017
collage on wood, framed 33x27"