Posts Tagged ‘urban landscapes

13
Feb
12

Thomas Michael Alleman : ‘Sunshine & Noir’ Series

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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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Thomas Michael Alleman is currently finishing “Sunshine and Noir”, a book-length collection of black-and-white “urban landscapes” made in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles.’ – [Thomas Michael Alleman]

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Thomas Michael Alleman : Website

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11
Oct
10

Jorge Enrique : Urban D-Construction Series

Urban D-Construction series
Wynwood #6
mixed media on board
47 x 59 x 4 in.

Urban D-Construction series
Wynwood #2
mixed media on board
36 x 48 x 4 in.

Urban D-Construction series
‘NE 2 ave’
mixed media on board
48 x 60 x 4 in.

Urban D-Construction series
Wynwood #4
mixed media on board
59 x 59 x 4 in.

Urban D-Construction series
Wynwood #7
mixed media on board
36 x 48 x 4 in.

Urban D-Construction

In these new works the images are the result of a new order created by re-assembling my everyday visual reality – markings and urban landscapes that surround me. I went to the streets of Wynwood neighbourhood and pulled images directly from there, and later returned to the studio to tear and reassemble them in search of a new essence, and perhaps a new understanding. De-constructing these images has lead me to a new visual order, a place to explore, and a new home to dwell. Colourwise I continue to explore a sort of rev-up, yet very controlled pallet, minimal in colour and very rich in tonalities. Here the narrative reveals itself as a series of strips of data, a film made up of all of the thousands of bits of information and images and objects that surround us and we are forced to process and discard daily, a statement about our times and the places we live in, as well as an invitation to look at our surroundings in a entirely new way.” Jorge Enrique : Miami, July 2009.

Jorge Enrique : Website

Jorge Enrique : Galerie Olivier Waltman

02
Jul
10

Danwen Xing : Urban Fiction

Urban Fiction, image 26, 2006 [with detail]

Urban Fiction, image 3, 2005 [with detail]

Urban Fiction, image 15, 2005 [with detail]

Urban Fiction, image 12, 2008 [with detail]

Urban Fiction, image 24, 2006 [with detail]

Urban Fiction, image 18, 2004 [with detail]

Urban Fiction : 2004 – present : photography with digital manipulation

My interest for urban subject has been complated in my mind for years but the particular idea of this work was forged some time in 2004 while I traveled extensively in Europe. After being in so many cities in the world, I realized that globalization has made urban landscapes everywhere similar and blurred the boundaries between them. So often, “here” can be anywhere. With this work, I have brought my vision and perspective to these urban spaces.

The architectural structures that I photographed are all maquettes made to promote real-estate developments that are being planned in China today. Some of the buildings already exist, and others will soon begin construction. When you face these models showing such a variety of different spaces and think about the life-styles associated with them, you start to wonder: is this the picture of life today? Do we really live in this kind of space and environment?

Globalization is reshaping our urban environment and our vision of contemporary life – which celebrates the “new” constantly replacing the “old.” As personal living spaces expand with the growth of income, the cityscape becomes more dense, filled up with modern buildings and high-rise towers. People live in cubes that are squeezed next to one another, separated only by thin walls. This physical proximity, instead of leading to greater closeness and intimacy between people, can often create psychological distance and loneliness.

The sculptural form of these new residential buildings, the floor plan of the apartments, and the various interior designs are all related to the inhabitants and their “individual” taste and needs. The models of these new living spaces are perfect, clean and beautiful but they are also so empty and detached of human drama. When you take these models and begin to add real life – even a single drop of it – so much changes.

This entire body of work of “Urban Fiction” is playful and fictitious – wandering between reality and fantasy. All the figures in this series are acts of me, playing different characters. This creates another paradox: “I” am real but at the same time “I” am unreal. The figures act out totally imaginative roles and fanciful stories, staged within the maquettes, their plots invented by me and visualized for these spaces. For example, “I” am a white-collar office worker brought to despair by job pressures and spiritual emptiness. Sometimes “I” am a materialistic woman enjoying a life of pleasure and dissipation. Or “I” am a young girl who, in a moment of unrestrained rage, accidentally killed her lover. Together, the resulting pictures compose an episodes, serialized narrative structure for “Urban Fiction”. As a whole, these images represent the state of urban life today.

In the period of my childhood in China, skyscrapers were unattainable concepts connected to the West, viewable only in films or magazines. Today I live in the pictures I make and I, along with my compatriots, can imagine our future by bending down to examine tiny models of buildings. This, perhaps, is another reality of the “fantasies” which govern our contemporary life. [extract from Artists Statement}

Urban Fiction Series

Danwen Xing’s Website




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