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August 8, 2013 02:44 PM  

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Landscape architect Keith Wagner also paints landscapes, using acrylic and tar paper.

Landscape architect Keith Wagner is known for his impressively minimalist outdoor spaces. In 2010, Design New Englandís November/December issue featured a profile of Wagner that explored his flair for using the geometry of architecture to inspire poetic landscapes. The contemporary designs he creates today at his Burlington, Vermont firm, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, are still stunning, but Wagnerís talents donít stop there. Thereís also his work in acrylic paint to admire.

Wagner, who is a metal sculptor as well as a painter, is not one to be limited by convention. His Tar Paper Series, is a collection evocative landscape paintings created on roofing tar paper, an unusual canvas for an artist, but the heavy-duty rough and rutted paper allows Wagner to explore the power of texture and its influence in his art. His muted palette reveals sweeping landscapes with great, powerful open spaces. The moody images are at once minimalist and complicated and, like his own landscapes, speak to the layers of complexity that lie beneath apparent simplicity.

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Tar Paper Series is on view Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m. through August 25 at Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, 180 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, Vermont.

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An insider's look at must-have products, fresh trends, and inspired spaces from the team at Design New England magazine.

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