Exhibiting at Michael Hoppen Contemporary until 10th May, Lucas Foglia’s Frontcountry is a breath of fresh air. Shot over several years in the scarcely populated states of Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming, Foglia’s photos present noble mythologies of the Great American West. Horses rear against a skyline of rolling mountains, mammoth clouds hover over vast plains as cowboys mill about in an ordinary wilderness.
Lucas Foglia – Casey and Rowdy Horse Training, 71 Ranch, Deeth, Nevada 2012
Yet a barely discernible tension gapes from the eyes of ad hoc portraits. It is the same tension a coyote shooter balances on, as he perches on a fence post. Or is felt from the jagged silhouette of coal heaped high against a pristine sky.
In Frontcountry, Foglia conjures the ghost of an unrelenting business apparatus posed to swallow up the American Midwest. As power plants claim innocent communities, a lifestyle preserved over decades struggles against the onslaught of a modern mining boom. Get down to Michael Hoppen Gallery for what may be its last glimpse.
A graduate of the Yale School of Fine Art, Foglia’s internationally acclaimed works are shown in the permanent collection at Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum. His lauded sensitivity often illuminates echoes of a deeper narrative.
Lucas Foglia – Naughton Power Plant, PacifiCorp, Kemmerer, Wyoming 2010
Lucas Foglia – Coal Storage, TS Power Plant, Newmont Mining Corporation, Dunphy, Nevada 2012
Lucas Foglia – Jaime, Ranch Hand, Wells, Nevada 2012
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