January 14 - March 31, 2007
Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce "BLDGS ENTERED 1997-2007" a one-person show by New York-based artist Charles LaBelle.
Part diary, part travelogue, BLDGS ENTERED is an ongoing project in which LaBelle records every building he physically enters. Upon entering a building for the first time, LaBelle photographs the building and documents the exact date, time and location. Since its inception in 1997, the BLDGS ENTERED archive now comprises approximately 10,000 buildings. This will be the debut of the BLDGS ENTERED project, and LaBelle will feature a select group of 100 buildings from around the world that represent a cross-section of the wide range of places where the artist has lived and traveled over the last 10 years.
Each building is executed in a sepia-toned watercolor pencil on paper. The drawings are a "trace of a trace," in that they document and communicate an experience of a specific place at a point in time. In his larger body of work, LaBelle is interested in psychogeography and its ideas of mapping and giving a visual record to the transient nature of place.
Charles LaBelle has shown extensively across the US including exhibitions at Artists Space, New York; Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; ArtPace, San Antonio, TX; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA. He has received numerous awards and grants including a Getty Trust Fellowship; Rockefeller Foundation Grant; Lower Manhattan Cultural Trust Grant and a MacDowell Colony residency.