As part of the Time Pieces series of collaborative projects exploring time and space, poet Miriam Sagan has launched Wendover Landing, an interdisciplinary art piece merging poetry and sculpture, which asks the questions: What is our position vis a vis our own personal histories? How do we understand and express the history of the time into which we were born? How do we locate ourselves – as artists and as people – in relationship to these narratives? Sagan’s poetry is combined with a textile installation by Alisa Dworsky and a flock of porcelain messenger pigeons by Christy Hengst in the front of the gallery. Sagan says, “Our notion of the world may be continually expanding, and yet human habitation and a sense of home give the observer a position from which to create. Where is home located in relationship to time, starting with the deep geologic, and continuing to the ephemeral present moment?” and explains, “Wendover, Utah is the site of the Enola Gay hangar and was an airforce base during WW2, now abandoned… a launch from it implies the atom bomb and the destruction of Hiroshima. The ‘landing’ is about many things: cause and effect come home to roost, the poet in a dystopic landscape, and the more redemptive image of Christy Hengst’s dove-like birds and Alisa Dworsky’s winged tent structures settling down peacefully. With both ascent and descent over a barren landscape there is hope in some healing from the imagination.
Adrian Gomez, “Three exhibits add up to look at time” Albuquerque Journal