My practice often addresses our relationship with nature, how it appears in cinema, literature and art history. From the notion of ‘the view’ in landscape gardening to pleasure gardens, the presentation of the natural is also a way of re-staging the world, a kind of fantasy.
You could think of the cultivation of nature as sculpture – plants trailed around frames, roses ordered by species, arranged in rectangular earth-beds. Spaces like the English Gardens are curated to create an experience: made for walking through, being enveloped in. Visiting the Gardens over a number of weeks, I was intrigued by how the siting of the sculptures resonated so strongly with this constructed landscape.
This transmutation of nature is trans- formed again by the large format camera. The cinematic lighting technique of ‘night for day’ merges the everyday with the space of dream. It offers a metamorphosis, a transition. Like the Gardens’ fountains, or the nearby ornamental cascade. ‘Cascade’ comes from cascare, to fall. It implies being in between states, in suspension. The photograph holds this in liquid stasis, like amber.
Rasheed Araeen presented by Grovesnor Gallery in Frieze Sculpture
Reza Aramesh presented by Leila Heller Gallery in Frieze Sculpture
John Chamberlain presented by Gagosian in Frieze Sculpture.
Tony Cragg presented by Holtermann Fine Art in Frieze Sculpture.
Alicja Kwade presented by kamel mennour in Frieze Sculpture
Ugo Rondinone presented by Sadie Coles HQ in Frieze Sculpture
Bernar Venet presented by Blain | Southern in Frieze Sculpture
Emily Young presented by Bowman Sculpture in Frieze Sculpture