On Landscape Project.
Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, London.
7th/03/14 – 30/03/14
Urban Vistas by Minna Kantonen. Distanced from nature, our experiences in large cities such as London are largely based on the landscaped, constructed environment.
On Landscape Project is a landscape exhibition by a group of female artist who aim to challenge traditional representations of landscape.
Minna Kantonen, Dafna Talmor, Emma Wieslander and Minna Pöllänen exhibit a variety of work challenging what we believe to define landscape within the creative world specifically within photography.
The project addresses the idea within various mediums of photography including a self published book call. Some of which include abstract and unheard of ideas regarding landscape. The central platform holding the books aims to provide further debates around landscape as well as bringing more people to the show. The show as a whole really climbs in to your mind. The whole time spent in the space I found myself having internal debates of what I already preconceived landscape to be, the show expands and opens new ideas around the subject.
It’s unusual for the show to be fully curated by female artists, this however creates an atmosphere of fragility and sensitivity, each piece of work seems tangible to they eye and once your vision is touching the selected piece and it’s accompanied ideas you feel a sense of calm and wonder. Even within Emma Wieslander’s ‘Burnt’ series there is a sense of precision and lightheartedness by the small delicately burnt pieces.
Emma Wieslander’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ exhibits two romantic warm yet generic looking sunsets out at sea, however the closer you get you notice that they aren’t what they appear to be at all. The images are in fact lightbulbs hung in an empty room at different light temperatures. The pieces play with the idea of what we initially see, what we want to see, what we should see and what we really see.
The show perceives one of the most explored and interesting up to date debates on landscape as a medium and the conceptual approach to the representation of landscape as a whole.
Constructed Landscapes by Dafna Talmor. C-type prints made of collaged and montaged colour negatives.
More information about the exhibition at: http://www.onlandscapeproject.co.uk/