Posts Tagged ‘impressionistic

30
Aug
12

Bertrand Fleuret : “Landmasses and Railways” (Photo Book)

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“I am alone. Walking at random. Wandering, as if at random, among the unrecognizable fragments of what were palatial homes, public buildings, private residences, gaming houses and houses of prostitution, theatres, temples, and fountains. I am looking for something”. – Alain Robbe-Grillet

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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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Bertrand Fleuret’s ‘Landmasses and Railways’ is a photographic travelogue to our interior, or perhaps an exploration outwards, to the encircling spheres above. Divided into five sections – I. The Melancholy of Departure, II. Approaching the City, III. Inside The Walls, IV. An Empty Building, and V. The Garden – the book takes us on a winding journey through a strange but familiar world. No time for questions. We quickly crash down into the ocean. Past the swarming jellyfish, we scramble for land, gasping for breath before safely making it ashore. From our initial descent, Fleuret takes us on a bewildering journey to the city, through its modern ruins and back to the primal undergrowth of the garden. Shooting in impressionistic black and white, Fleuret has the eye of a harried detective or alien cartographer. Remapping and exploring the world, Fleuret gathers fragments that cohere and then break apart. Is that a distant heavenly body or a glowing ball of trash? Drawing inspiration from such sources as the cosmic jazz musician Sun Ra, Chris Marker’s San Soleil, the novels of Alain Robbe-Grillet and Solaris, Fleuret’s book is a retro-futuristic travelogue as told by a bastard child of Provoke. – Extract : Adam Bell

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Bertrand Fleuret : Website

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23
Feb
11

Idris Khan : “Bernd and Hilla Becher” Works (Photography)

“every…Bernd and Hilla Becher Spherical type Gasholders”
Lambda digital C print
80 x 65 in
2004

“every…Bernd and Hilla Becher Prison type Gasholders”
Lambda digital C print
80 x 65 in
2004

‘Homage to Bernd Becher’
Bromide print
30 x 34 in
2007

“every…Bernd and Hilla Becher Gable Sided Houses”
Lambda digital C print
80 x 65 in
2004

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Since 1959 Bernd and Hilla Becher have been photographing industrial structures that exemplify modernist engineering, such as gas reservoirs and water towers. These works are often presented in groups of similar design; their repeated images make these everyday buildings seem strangely imposing and alien. Idris Khan’s Every… Bernd And Hilla Becher… series appropriates the Bechers’ imagery and compiles their collections into single super-images. In these pieces, multiple images are digitally layered and super-imposed giving the effect of an impressionistic drawing or blurred film still.

The structures in the Bechers’ original photographs are almost identical, though in Khan’s hands the images’ contrast and opacity is adjusted to ensure each layer can be seen and has presence. Though Khan works in mechanised media and his images are of industrial subjects, their effect is of a soft ethereal energy. They exude a transfixing spiritual quality in their densely compacted details and ghostly outlines. …conveying a sense of time depicted in motion, as if transporting the old buildings, in their obsolete black and white format, into the extreme future.

The Bechers took their photos as a means to document a disappearing tradition; by grouping them according to ‘typology’ the buildings’ designs function like archetypal symbols or an architectural language. Through Khan’s translucent aggregations, structures such as …Spherical Type Gasholders lose their commanding simplicity and rigid formalism and descend into fractured and gestural blurs. Through his photographs Khan compresses the timeline of repetition into indivisible subsuming moments and creates a poetic mutability from the fixed codes of history. [Extract : Saatchi Gallery]

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Idris Khan : Victoria Miro

Idris Khan : Yvon Lambert




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