Producciones de Arte y Pensamiento, S.L.
Artifitial Paradises. Other Landscapes
|Editorial||Olivares & Asociados SL|
|Year||February / 2011|
|Language||Spanish / English|
|Pages||From 160 to 200|
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We have become city-dwellers; we live in cities in which a tree, perhaps a park, a few potted plants or a garden embody the idea of nature. If landscape is a cultural construction, it is a faded memory. We have become removed from nature, we have rebuilt it, we have domesticated it and we have converted it into a decorative element. Nature is still alive today in our environment, it is in the kitchen tablecloth, in the dresses of millions of women, in the decoration of bars, Chinese restaurants all over the world, and dentists' waiting rooms, in the set decorations of old movies... we have put it in our homes and in our closets, to be closer to it.
Antonio Lucas, writer, poet and journalist, discusses in his essay Feigned Paradises: The Sex Appeal of Artifice, photography's capacity to alter the perception of a reality by examining how the artist seeks to construct a new politics of truth, influenced by nostalgia and the desire to interact with that impossible-to-delimit Nature.
We interviewed Jörg Sasse, and we feature some examples from his different series involving the idea of landscape in the domestic setting. "The image of nature appears in very different ways in our environment. The most familiar image of nature is chaotic, non-structured, layered, perhaps something similar to what Pollack did with his drip paintings". Accumulation, repetition, the idea of the atlas of visual possibilities, of the encyclopaedia of images, is present throughout his work.
In addition, Alex Dorfsman, Manuel Sendón, Mark Lyon, Cecilia Paredes, Stephen Gill, Wijnanda Deroo and Lucia Ganieva have written, for the portfolios we have devoted to them, about their photographic series on these impossible landscapes that accompany us in our everyday lives.
Text: Antonio Lucas
Interview: Jörg Sasse with Rosa Olivares.
Portfolios: Wijnanda Deroo, Alex Dorfsman, Stephen Gill, Mark Lyon, Cecilia Paredes, Manuel Sendón.
Artists: Valérie Belin, Semâ Bekirovic, Bert Danckaert, Lucia Ganieva, Alicja Karska & Aleksandra Went, Robert Polidori, Kent Rogowski, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Myne Søe-Pedersen, Frank Thiel, Mike Whelan, Thomas Wrede.