Pretty much every T we commission for the magazine has a back story. But few go as far back—or have as many plot twists—as the story behind this particular T, which was created by the artist Clifford Ross and will appear in the upcoming Summer Travel issue.
The T comes out of the work in "Landscape to Imagination," an exhibition that opened this weekend at Sonnabend Gallery in Chelsea which tracks Ross's obsession for roughly a decade and through many different media with a view of Mount Sopris in Colorado.
At the extremes of the exhibition, Mount Sopris appears in a photograph of mind-blowing detail taken with a camera of Ross's invention (zoom in above and you can literally count the leaves on trees miles in the distance), and an animated short of mind-boggling abstraction that is accompanied by an original Philip Glass score. Following the winding conceptual path laid out by the artist from one landscape to the next, you get the impression that the subject here is not so much Mount Sopris itself, but the struggle to arrive at its ultimate representation. Which is the more accurate? That, in a nutshell, is crux of art history itself.
Original Article is here