Collaborative effort brings legendary artist Dickie Landry to town

Oct 2, 2015 by Anne Bradley

Exhibition opens with a free reception and performance on Oct 14 at 5:30pm

Cecilia, Louisiana born artist, composer, musician, and photographer Dickie Landry will be in Jackson October 8-14, 2015 as part of a residency presented in collaboration with University of Wyoming, Center for the Arts, Dancers’ Workshop, and Art Association of Jackson Hole. Landry spent his formative creative years in New York City during the 1970s, a time of a burgeoning avant-garde scene as artists, musicians, composers, dancers, and performance artists rebelled against the accepted traditions and sought new ways of creative expression.

Dickie Landry: Explorations in Axonometric Projection will hang in the Art Association Gallery at The Center from October 8 - November 13, 2015. The exhibition focuses on Landry’s work in drawing, rayographs, and painting. The single shape that forms his fundamental visual motif is the outline of an axonometric projection—a shape made from rotating an object to reveal its three dimensions, in this case a cube. Landry refers to the tube television screens of the 1950s, the cloudy glass, slightly rounded at the corners shape of which he “squared off.”

The earliest works on view—the “rayographs” made from exposing photographic paper to light that included the use of templates of cutout dancers—represent his earliest investigations from the 1970s. His work from the time included experiments with photography, film, and drawing with which he moved between easily. His investigations were free-flowing, intuitive, and process-based.

Landry began painting in 1994. His large works are made with acrylic paint and oil stick on canvas, which enables a building up of texture. Landry’s compositions create powerful, minimalistic images that play space, form, and color in a tense dialogue. More than variations on a theme, each painting is an idea unto itself, at times playful, suggestive, and unique.


A companion exhibition, Dickie Landry, Composer. Saxophonist. Photographer. Artist., is on view at the University of Wyoming Art Museum through December 21, 2015.

The community is invited to attend a special opening reception in the Art Association Gallery at The Center on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30PM including a free performance of “Trialogue” in The Center Theater at 7:30PM. The reception will feature complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Hotel Terra Jackson Hole.

“Trialogue” is a multidisciplinary live performance of movement, music and visual art in conversation with each other. “Trialogue” premiered in 1982 at the New York Improvisational Festival. The newly reset piece is choreographed by Babs Case and performed by Francesco Romo, accompanied by Dickie Landry on saxophone.

Click here for a full schedule of events during Dickie Landry's residency.