series: WOULD NATURE MAKE ART?
ROCK pigments, polymers, acrylic glass, photography. Location: 46°44’27.6”N 9°19’54.5”E (Swiss Alps)
TREE pigments, polymers, acrylic glass, photography. Location: 46°44’42.9”N 9°20’43.8”E (Swiss Alps)
WATER pigments, polymers, acrylic glass, video, photography Location: 46° 41’ 50,46” N 9° 19’ 27,378” E (Swiss Alps)
The idea of landscape is fabricated by man - the landscape being a thing to be viewed as scenery, setting and painting. Looking at landscape as a verb - ‘land’ (or broadly ‘nature’) is in the passive position and is the object acted upon, or shaped by man. This series of works inverts that thought and presents the idea of nature shaping man. Plastic substrates painted with highly artificial, man-made pigments are literally shaped by the natural elements. Nature takes the active position, and in the documentation is the subject of the work whilst the man-made works are merely the object.
Paper: Thinking about Land Art through a Anthropononcentric Frame. Art Safiental 2018. Tenna, Switzerland.
MILLEPORA (left) pigments, thermoplastic polymers, acrylic glass, tulip wood 1000mm x 50mm x 1000mm
ANENOMIA (right) pigments, polymers, acrylic glass, tulip wood, architectural film 1300mm x 50mm x1250m
DATURA pigments, thermoplastic polymers, acrylic glass, tulip wood 1000mm x 50mm x1000mm
Humans have a very complicated set of rules and systems to obtain ‘correct’ color. This set of tools, called 'color management' tries to preserve, as much as possible, the colors that present themselves through nature via light. In a way, it's a process of trying to manage or control something which, in its essence, is not controllable.
A mathematical interpretation of a color from nature was obtained with a camera and color sensing app; those numbers were then processed through monitors and printers to produce the colored panels behind some of the transparent paintings in this series.
Aposematic is term coined for the concept of warning coloration in nature (apo - away sema - sign).