Posts Tagged ‘landscape’

Salt/Water at the Photographic Center Northwest

Daniel Hawkins. Union Bay #5, 2013; C-print; 8 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Salt and water: an amalgamation of fundamental, life-sustaining compounds that evokes the sea, sweaty human excretions, and the makings of primordial soup. Independently innocuous, it is the combination of salt and water that produces something transformative—a substance potentially electric and corrosive. It is the coming together of salt and water that sparked the concept for Salt/Water, an exhibition of contemporary photography on view at the[…..]

Lawren Harris: The Idea of North at the Hammer Museum

Lawren Harris. North Shore, Lake Superior, 1926; oil on canvas; 40.25 x 50.13 in. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada. ©Family of Lawren S. Harris. Photo: ©NGC.

“You need to understand, Patricia, that every Canadian recognizes these paintings,” so explained my friend and guide, a native Torontonian, as we walked through The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris at the Hammer Museum. “Canadians who have no other art-historical point of reference know who the Group of Seven are.” This school of early 20th-century Canadian landscape painters occupies the periphery of[…..]

Barbara Kasten: Stages at ICA Philadelphia

(from left to right) Barbara Kasten. Studio Construct 125, 2011; archival pigment print; 53 3/4 x 43 3/4 in.; Studio Construct 32, 1986; Silver dye bleach print; 37 x 29 1/2 in. Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

At the entrance to Barbara Kasten: Stages at the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, there is a corner-placed grouping of five photographs. Four early Polaroids made in 1982 and 1983 are on the right; with their geometric shapes and pastel colors, they would fit easily into the reigning design aesthetic of the 1980s. On the left is the 2007 silver-dye bleach print Studio Construct 17,[…..]

Fan Mail: Zahra Nazari

Zahra Nazari. Inside Out Installation, 2014; acrylic on wood panel; 100 x 110 and 48 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Follow the white line back into the middle ground; it outlines a blue-gray pathway that comes to the front of the picture plane. The pathway entreats viewers to step into the architecture of Zahra Nazari’s surreal composition Landscape #14 (2013). Along the way, columns and a house abut the path, and as the line winds backward and diminishes, the horizontal pathway merges with a wall. Beyond[…..]

Marion Belanger: Rift/Fault – Landscape Photographs of the North American Continental Plate at Haverford College

Marion Belanger. Rift #51 (Geothermal pipes alongside a road at Hengill, Iceland), 2011; Fault #26 (North Shore, Salton Sea, CA), 2012; archival pigment print; 18.5 x 14.8 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Atrium Gallery, Haverford College.

Northward light fills the gallery upon entering Marion Belanger’s exhibition Rift/Fault. The exhibition, currently on view at Haverford College, contains roughly two dozen pairings of photographs drawn from Belanger’s decade-long investigation into the geography and geology of an unseen tectonic boundary: the North American Continental Plate. Along the edges of the plate lies the Mid-Atlantic Rift in Iceland, bisecting and pulling the small nation apart, and[…..]

Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler: Sound Speed Marker at Blaffer Art Museum

Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler. Sunrise Filmset Sunset. 2012. Two Digital Archival Prints, Diptych. 43.5 x 54.5 inches. Courtesy: The Artists, Tanya Bonakdar (New York), and Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin).

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s multidimensional practice is currently on view in their expansive Sound Speed Marker at the Blaffer Art Museum. The duo’s range of collaborative skills and cinematic investments is present in three video installations—Grand Paris Texas, Movie Mountain (Méliès), and Giant—and in the related photographs and an outdoor sculpture. Using as a backdrop the arid terrain of three Texas towns, Ryan, Paris,[…..]

Mark Steinmetz: South at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Mark Steinmetz. Off I-40, Knoxville, TN. 1993. Silver gelatin print. Image: Courtesy of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans.

Mark Steinmetz’s current exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has narrative ambition, but also asks difficult questions about the meaning of “straight photography” and its relationship to the documentary tradition. In what sense are documentary photographs social records, deadpan descriptions, or allegorical explications of the artist’s worldview? Are they a series of facile maneuvers, or as critic Garry Badger once claimed, “an existential[…..]