“Into the Sunset”

What is it about Texas that makes it a recognizable place in our imaginations? Artist Leigh Merrill asks that question in her new show “Into the Sunset,” currently at Lawndale Art Center. Her meticulously crafted digital photographs are composed of up to hundreds of photographic snippets — what may look like a single photograph at a distance becomes a fabricated composite image when inspected closely. She grafts together scenes, both rural and urban, that explore how architecture reflects our notions of regional identity and beauty. For “Into the Sunset,” Merrill focused her lens on North Texas, turning our state’s most nondescript and arguably least romanticized region into a desolate embodiment of the American West. There’s an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 22. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 4. 4912 Main. For information, call 713-528-5858 or visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: April 22. Continues through June 4, 2011


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