‚Along the Hackney Canal‘ by the German-born and London-based photographer Freya Najade shows a romantic and mystical landscape in an area of East London which one would not expect in this region.
Freya Najade’s work seems like the embodiment of contemporary landscape photography, what is meant here as a pure declaration of love. Her pictures are characterised by a unique authenticity, sensitivity, high stylistic confidence and aesthetic quality that gives the viewer an idea of this wondrous world not far from the city.
Small fragments in the water, plants, water movements, but also carelessly discarded objects and dirt of civilisation, as well as the surrounding nature and wonderful sceneries on the canal – such as the group of uniformly dressed people on the way to a resting place – are views that have something magical. Structures and details of nature complement the quiet and sensitive views of life on the canal in poetic perfection. Freya Najade thus achieves a very personal, unpretentious view of the identity-creating context of the waterway as a living area of the region and the connectedness of the people with this landscape.
‚Along the Hackney Canal‘ has been released as a photo book at Hoxton Mini Press in 2016.
After viewing the images of Zhang Kechun his work did not release me anymore. „Between the mountains and water“ is more than a specific view on today’s China. These images have a soothing influence and it feels like coming closer and closer to a supposed awareness of life and to a very personal view of the artist on his country.
Landscapes, as they could not be more beautiful and lonely. Symmetrical arranged mountain ranges and peaks, staggered in the depth. The digital works of photographer Fernando Maselli appear almost meditative. The images of his series „Artificial Infinite“ show nature – but an artificial landscape, a corrected nature, constructed from original images and various digital techniques. The results provide new sensory experiences, the viewer loses himself through the staggered composition of the space in a sublime illusion of depth.
„I take my pictures after long expeditionsinto wilderness and spend several days until I find the right moment for taking the photo. I consider the technical factor an important element in my compositions, so I work with large format cameras or elaboratephoto manipulation processes that allow me to build artificial landscapes, based on fragments, cuts, repetitions and overlaps. My aim is to approach various manifestations of natural landscape in an empiricist way, linking them to my own sensory perception and from a neutral view, free from value judgements.“ – Fernando Maselli
„Biological Invasion“ is the correct term for the spread of a species in an area where it is not native. A distinction is made between natural migrations and human-assisted introductions. The latter can have immense effects on the ecosystem of an entire region, which is why this is also called an „invasion“.
With her „Kudzu Project“ the Swedish photographer Helene Schmitz has documented such a so-called invasive plant in its new habitat in the United States. The natural circulation area of the Kudzu extends over Asia until North Australia. It was first introduced in the 19th century in the United States, there established itself as an ornamental and as a crop plant.
In these series there is a wonderful, mystical darkness. The viewer experiences a landscape, its history, and its character, almost as a mystical experience of nature. The created wondrous forms in their immense size rise majestically in their new environment. The dark vitality of this invasive plant imply downright a mood of doom.
„Death Wooed Us“ – the latest series of Donna J. Wan is one of the most beautiful and impressive workI have seen in recent times. The work is dedicated to „suicide destinations“ and deals with questions of personal development and identity and also trying somehow to understand why humans sometimes follow this path. Suicides almost never seem to make sense. The very personal work brings the subject close to the observer.
‚Suicide is a difficult topic to talk about. Most try to avoid it. Yet some of us have personally experienced despair so great that we have thought about it as an option. We have also known others who have tragically succumbed to it. In 2011 after the birth of my daughter I developed a severe case of postpartum depression and considered taking my own life. I imagined I would drive to the California coast where I could look at the magnificent ocean and then jump off a cliff. Since then I have recovered,and learned that many suicidal people have similar inclinations: they travel near or far to well-known or obscure natural places to end their lives. Often these places are near water, mountains or valleys. There is even a term for such places – “suicide destinations.” ‚ – Donna J. Wan
The Exhibition „Die Idee der Landschaft“ gives an overview of different aspects of modern landscape photography. The shown landscapes are not objective views, it is the visualization of the artists‘ ideas and involves the human experience in the landscape.
The exhibition shows works of the artists of the collection and new acquisitions of David Armstrong, Olivo Barbieri, Lothar Baumgarten, Caroline Dlugos, Elger Esser, Luigi Ghirri, Rodney Graham, Gütschow, Dan Holdsworth, Andrej Krementschouk, Andreas Mühe, Nieweg, Detlef Orlopp, Jorma Puranen, Heinrich Riebesehl, Adrian Sauer, Stephan Schenk and Anna Vogel.
Die Idee der Landschaft 26. Juni bis 05. September 2015
DZ BANK Kunstsammlung – ART FOYER
Platz der Republik,
Michael Lange is an artist who magnifies the nature – his workis adorableand just beautiful. The new series „FLUSS“ is following the beautiful work „Wald“, published as a book in 2012.
“My images express a longing for pacification, depth and beauty — and the desire to lose oneself. A part of my work is to trace the unceasing process of change until a landscape is in harmony with internal images that express my feelings. To understand the depth, inherent order and aesthetic within apparent chaos. To transform the landscape in combination with external influences — fog, frost, the change of the seasons, light, the water level — in correspondence with my imagination, to play with the elements, to take them a step further and combine them with my photographic language.” – Michael Lange
The work has been released as a photo book: F L U S S (RIVER) by publisher HatjeCantz.
If you are in Berlin these days you have the chance to visit the group exhibition „Lob der Wildnis | Serial Landscapes“ at Kehrer Berlin Galerie featuring works by Henning Rogge, Arno Schidlowski and Anne Schwalbe. All these artists attracted my attention during the last year because of their beautiful pieces of work and one aspect is common to all: the subtle and even restrained approach through the realisation process of their works which I particularly like.
Henning Rogge’s photographs of craters left from bombs during the second world war all around Germany shows his exploration of the themes of war, memories and everyday life.
Only at second glance I recognized the the genius and the beauty of Arno Schidlowski’s work; you should definitely stop at Kehrer Berlin because his work should be seen as prints!
Anne Schwalbe creates her personal views of seemingly simple and everyday things and her series „Wiese“ (Meadow) reduces these views on nature to the essential – to textures of meadows.
This week, the exhibition „Landscape in my Mind“ started in Vienna. The exhibition with renowned artists like Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky and Axel Hütte shows the actual positions in contemporary landscape photography.