In this loaned exhibition from the West Collection, eight artists are working with ideas around the urban landscape: population growth, migrant workers coming into the cities, and human impact on nature.
The artists find interest and irony in the impact man has on our landscape. Rob Carter constructs paper models and uses stop-action photography to construct videos that trace the historical impact of humans on the landscape from pre-industrial to post-human times.
There is meticulous attention paid to mark making in the work of Alex Lukas, who uses gouache, ink, acrylic and watercolor to paint detailed large format images that remind viewers of roadside landscapes throughout the northeast where beautiful landscape is impacted by man leaving crumbling infrastructure and discard.
Alain Delorme travels from his native France to China to photograph migrant workers coming into the cities to do the heavy lifting and the hard work, and then he Photoshops the images to make their work seem unbelievably difficult.
Michael Wolf lived in Hong Kong for a number of years in order to photograph his documentary series, the “Architecture of Density,” the seemingly unbelievable but “straight” images of apartment buildings.
Brooklyn artist Peter Feigenbaum uses HO-scaled train set buildings to construct miniature landscapes that he then moves out into neighborhoods in New York City to photograph, putting his studio constructions into the context of the city.
Drew Leshko builds sculptures of iconic buildings that are slated to be torn down as a kind of architectural record, but also to point out that 250 gun crimes over 57 years were traced to this one store called “Colosimo’s” right in the center of the Philadelphia.
Philadelphia artist Tim Portlock uses 3-D animation and gaming software to create models of local buildings and then alters and denigrates them so they appear as realistic as possible.
Japanese artist Tokihiro Sato uses a flashlight to effectively “draw” on the film during a long exposure at night and create the illusion that the abandoned car might be in flames.
Urban Landscape, Curated by Mary Anne Dutt Justice, The Shipley School, 814 Yarrow Street, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, August 29-September 26, 2013, Opening September 23, 5-7pm