Spencer Finch Exhibition Featured in The Broad Street Review

By Caitlin Burns | October 31, 2019

“Back to Kansas” piece by Finch

“Spencer Finch: As Lightning on Landscape” was reviewed by The Broad Street Review Art Critic Pamela J. Forsythe on Oct. 7.

On display at the Spruance Gallery until Dec. 15, the exhibition showcases works of the New York-based artist that, as Forsythe writes, “transports the viewer to specific places and times.”

“Finch inventively spotlights natural phenomena that usually receive little attention—the sun’s daily transit through the sky, clouds passing, birds’ flight paths, fog blanketing the landscape, and the fragility of human perception and recollection,” Forsythe explains.

“As Lightning on Landscape,” one of two presentations of Finch’s work on view in Philadelphia, is intended to focus on the tension between objective documentation and subjective experience, including photographs, works on paper, and light sculptures, which are captured in a new artist’s book produced for the exhibition. 

“Whether exploring uncommon views lending visibility to things commonly overlooked, or challenging perceptions, Finch directs the gaze and sharpens the vision with art that looks simple…until you see it,” said Forsythe.

Finch is known for working in a wide range of media and has a variety of projects on display around the world, including Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning, the only piece of artwork included in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan. He has exhibited extensively since the early 1990s across the country and across the globe.