HGTX Studio

Artwork by Hugo Teixeira

Impenetrable Labyrinths (2021)

Impenetrable Labyrinths recalls successive waves of conquistadors, surveyors, and photographers who have all laid claim to the so-called “virgin” landscape of the American West. Many generations of migrants have followed alongside, courted by the promise of prosperity and freedom. The roads through steep and arid canyons and gorges mirror these journeys in search of an American Dream. The land, and its promise, are awesome; but, the path is harrowing. Assembled from multiple views of single canyons and gorges, the resulting relief sculptures tear apart and rebuild the landscape revealing seemingly impenetrable labyrinths of earth and stone.