Meike Nixdorf’s project ‘Your Earth Transforms’ – using landscape to illustrate abstract ideas on perspective and perception, and the earth’s crust as a metaphor to the idea of how change is often invisible.
Meike Nixdorf – Your Earth Transforms
“The Alps rise every year on average by about 1-2 mm. A transformation not visible to our eyes nor physically noticeable. What does this say about our perception?
Based on 3D-renderings by Google Earth from various satellite imagery, the project shows details from different mountain ranges in the Alps, the Cascade Range, the Rocky Mountains, the Himalaya, the Karakoram and the Hawaiian Islands. The images display their respective shape at a certain point of time. A frozen moment – yet there is a sense of change and movement.
This project is not intended to serve as a geological survey. Rather, it focuses on the powerful beauty of the Earth’s crust. One likes to believe that it is possible to hold on to a status quo. Like holding on to the idea of a solid formation of rock, there is no stable foundation which will stay exactly the same for generations to come. There is no status quo. The Earth—our world—is in a perpetual state of flux.”
Seung-Hwan Oh’s series ‘Impermanence’ – colorful abstract portraits to illustrate entropy theory that the chaos we cultivate only increases.
The collection is created with the use of bacteria placed on the emulsion side of the developed film, leaving them in the homemade incubator over the course of months to consume the layer of gelatin. The process took the artist three years and only 0.2% of thousands of images have been attained in the final body of work. Fusing photography and biology in an unpredictable process, the artist aims to evoke an existential pathos in the viewer in realizing our delicate and temporal existence.
Seung-Hwan Oh – Impermanence
“Impermanence’ is about an idea that all matter including all the life forms would collapse in our spatial-temporal dimension we belong to. The conceptual idea was inspired by the second law of thermodynamics.”
Suzanne Saroff’s project ‘Perspective’ – still life with plants, fruits and vegetables, and their geometric abstractions revealed behind water glasses and vases, creating a colourful compositional dance between the subjects and their perspective on the familiar.
“I would notice something happening like the light coming through a stack of canola oil and be like ‘look, its beautiful!’ and whoever I was with would be like – ‘I don’t get it, it’s canola oil?… These series become quite meditative.“
Elsa Stubbé’s project ‘The aliens have eaten my garden’ (2016 – 2018) – “a personal and poetic study of the imaginary and narrative around nature and the link that man has with the latter two in Western culture. How has nature influenced our stories, and therefore our imagination, and how these also influence our natural landscapes.
I try here to create new stories combining images from my many wanderings in nature reserves or in places where the landscape has been landscaped to reconstitute natural spaces and archival images from popular scientific works dating from the 19th century, great period of Romanticism, or the 50s, beginning of science fiction, the two great vectors of imaginary in which we are, in my opinion, confined.”
Helen Sear’s series ‘Inside The View’ (2004-2008) – merging digitally picturesque landscapes and portraits of rear female heads facing them, with layers of delicate drawings as covered by lace veils, in a kind of double metaphysical game of perceiving reality as an unit of ‘before, within and behind’ – a contemplative state of being for the subject and a seductive romance for the viewer.
“I am trying to slow down the instantaneousness of the camera“
Michael Koerner’s series ‘Tendrilles’ – one of the beautiful abstract tintypes driven by a tremendous amount of pain in his family history in imagining the infinite possibilities of genetics if something could have been done differently or avoided.
The artist’s mother, Kimiko Takaki, was eleven years old on August 9, 1945, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Due to genetic abnormalities and cancer, the tragedy of losing a beloved relative was a constant tragedy in the family.
Jacob Kirkegaard’s project ‘Nagaras’ – capturing momentary visual fragments of millions of sand grains which in joint rapid movement create a rare sonic phenomenon ‘The Singing Sands’.
“Nagaras (“drum”) aims to portray a rare phenomenon that exists in very few deserts around the world. At times, some sand dunes in these deserts can produce deep mysterious humming sounds. The phenomenon is known as the Singing Sands or Booming Dunes. Over the last thousand years the phenomenon has been described by travelers, most famously by Marco Polo. “Nagaras” is a word which by several travelers was used to describe the phenomenon.”
Rebecca Reeve’s project ‘Marjory’s World’ – landscapes framed in conceptual windows by locally purchased curtains as visual portals from the familiar to new territories of the wilderness and a memento of the earthly paradise into our ethereal souls.
Rebecca Reeve – Marjory’s World
“The concept of the series draws inspiration from a ritual described in the book The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald. In Holland in the 1600s, during the wake of the deceased, it was customary to cover all mirrors, landscape paintings and portraits in the home with cloths. It was believed this would make it easier for the soul to leave the body and subdue any temptations for it to stay in this world. The ritual seemed, by extension, to be a confirmation of the deeply moving experience that one often feels in the natural environment and provided both a literal and contextual frame within which to shoot the landscape, a portal from the domestic into the wilderness.”
“Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object.” – John Berger, Ways of Seeing
Christa Blackwood’s series ‘Naked lady: A dot red’ – hand-pulled photogravures to defy traditional genres and images found in landscape and portrait photography, and by replacing the idea of “the figure” with the symbol of a red dot to create new perspectives on these traditions.
“The vernacular image of the ‘figure’ in a landscape is modified to examine the commodification and ubiquitous use of the female form in art and culture.”
Karolin Klüppel’s series ‘Mädchenland’ (2013 – 2015) – powerful story with contemplative aesthetic about a rare phenomenon in our contemporary world – a kingdom of girls who hold all the power.
“In the state of Meghalaya in India, the indigenous people of the Khasi with 1,1 million members form the majority of the population. The Khasi are a matrilineal society. Here, traditionally it is the girls who are of particularly importance and who play an exposed role in the family. The line of succession passes through the youngest daughter. If she marries, her husband is taken into her family‘s house, and the children take their mother‘s name… I tried to capture the girls as the strong personalities they are. Just because they’re not smiling for the camera doesn’t mean they are unhappy. It is the same for adults, isn’t it?”