January 5- February 5, 2017
5 Points Market & Restaurant Exhibit
I'm exctied to bring my Desert Blooms art show back from Austin, TX! My 3D cardboard artwork will be hanging at 5 Points Market & Restaurant throughout January. Come get local brunch 7am-3pm in Tucson, AZ, and check out the ambience.
"Landry doesn’t just bring it. She breathes it."
-Citygram Magazine, Austin, TX, Nov. 2013
It’s 11am and Mary Lee has just finished hanging up her last piece of art on one of my living room walls.
There’s going to be a SoFar acoustic show in my home later today – a program that organizes secret gigs in living rooms around the world – and with this being one of the first SoFars in Austin I thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase art from some of the city’s esteemed local artists.
Mary Lee takes a step back and looks around the room, glancing at pieces from Sophie Roach, Katy Horan, and Elizabeth Chiles. “Are there going to be any other artists setting up?”
“Yeah, I’m still expecting Landry McMeans later today,” I answer.
“$#@!*, that girl always brings it.”“Landry McMeans?!”
About an hour later I hear a rumble coming from just outside those very living room walls. I peek out the window and see a large white cargo van parked outside my house, and the silhouette of a slim-framed girl behind the wheel. It’s Landry.
I greet her outside, as she swings open the rear double doors of the van – the inside of which is filled to the brim with her art.
Landry specializes in cardboard reliefs. They’re likely the most vibrant and harmoniously-colored reliefs you’ve ever seen – and as we pull out a seven-foot tall frame that contains a depiction of a Saguaro cactus, they’re likely the biggest you’ve ever seen too.
I was expecting Landry to bring by about three to five works. She brought fifteen – including six she “just put together last night.”
$#@!*, Landry always brings it.
Landry was born and raised here in Austin. She’s an artist, a musician, and a nomad – sometimes getting emails with an itinerary and plane tickets attached for her next show.
Despite all the landscapes and locales she’s seen, it’s the colors and forms of the Southwest that inspire her work. Giving particular credit to a color theory class she took at Texas State University, Landry assembles various strips of painted cardboard to create soothing gradients that give a fourth dimension to the inherent shadow and depth of her medium.
It was also at Texas State University where she first experimented with cardboard for the purpose of making art. She loved the imperfections, the accessibility, and the opportunity to transform a material we encounter every day into something unexpected.
Inside her studio, you’ll find painted cardboard strips scattered across tabletops and packed inside storage boxes.
They’re beautiful all by themselves.