JULIUS VON BISMARCK: LANDSCAPE PAINTINGCurrent
MAIN GALLERY: MAR 23 – MAY 26 | 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: MAR 23 | 7 – 9
In the remote Mexican desert, the artist and a crew of local workers first covered a vista of rocks, earth and cacti in white paint, and then proceeded to realistically repaint it in its original colors from memory.
The process becomes fodder for a poetic documentary-style video and the resulting “painting” the subject of a large-scale digital photograph. This action was repeated in the jungle, in collaboration with Maya painters, and makes up the other half of the video projection on display.
Landscape Painting is a continuation of UMOCA’s 2018 theme of exploring the concept of landscape as it relates not only to an art historical genre, but also topics of natural vs artifice, land use and ownership in the desert west, and the innate human drive to tame the wild.
Image courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Contemporary, New York and London