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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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F. Walter Bistline, Jr.

SPE Member since 2002
Member Chapter: Midwest

South Padre Island - the "Bird Blind" Series

On the quiet side of South Padre Island, long boardwalks cross a saltwater marsh to tattered bird blinds on the edge of the Laguna Madre. From within the blinds, the wooden framework creates a matrix of strong vertical and horizontal lines that compartmentalize the landscape, while fabric diffuses the exterior light, leaving blocks of soft color. The random, weathered tears and resultant curves and frayed edges of the fabric add an organic effect and reframe one's reading of the landscape in surprising ways. Swathes of fabric became enticing veils. A slit here seems sensuous, while a gash there appears ominous. The landscape is always present, but the interior, grid-like structures of the blinds fragment the world outside â€" creating a tension between what is constructed and what is natural. These photographs -- which I began in 2002 and have continued with each year since -- reflect on how our experience of nature is mediated by the forms and materials of manmade structures.

South Padre Island 09-2470

South Padre Island 09-2469

South Padre Island 09-2547

South Padre Island 09-2548

South Padre Island 09-2552

South Padre Island 1-09 #4

South Padre Island 1-09 #08

South Padre Island 1-09 #16

South Padre Island 03-5A-03

South Padre Island 03-05-04

South Padre Island 03-5B-03

South Padre Island 03-5B-04

South Padre Island 03-6A-01

South Padre Island 03-6A-02

South Padre Island 03-6B-02

South Padre Island 03-10-09

South Padre Island 03-10-11

South Padre Island 03-10-15

South Padre Island 03-10-33

South Padre Island 03-10-35

South Padre Island 03-11-17

South Padre Island 03-11-24

South Padre Island 03-11-30

South Padre Island 03-26-13

South Padre Island 03-28-28

South Padre Island 03-28-32

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