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Apr
09

The work of Eric Tabuchi

 

One of my favourite artists at the moment is Frenchman Eric Tabuchi. I don’t know a lot about him as there is only an exhibition list on his website and no other details but this does not matter. His work speaks for him. Taken in simple formalist objective style his colour photographs tell it like it is, speaking the images of existence in a clear and precise manner. His work ‘en serie’ are conceptually based but the images themselves are straight forward, images that depict the ironies and degradations of environments and artifacts without moral judgement. His photographs have links back to the formalist style of the German Bernd and Hiller Becher whose work has influenced many contemporary photographers (including Andreas Gursky, Candid Hofer, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth amongst others).

Tabuchi’s latest artist book Twentysix Abandoned Gas Stations is a contemporary reprise on the very first modern artist’s book Twentysix Gasoline Stations produced by Ed Ruscha in 1963. Using minimalist notions of repetitive sequence and seriality Tabuchi addresses a contemporary landscape full of abandoned technologies, toxic environments and architectural wastelands foretelling the badlands of future worlds. As in all his bodies of work the body of the human is absent, the sense of corporeal distance from object to viewer devastating. His constructions, both photographic and environmental, speak eloquently to the human absence presence.

He is surely a photographer to remember.

 

Eric Tabuchi. 'Station #1' 2002

 

Eric Tabuchi
‘Station #1′ from the book ‘Twentysix Abandoned Gas Stations
2002

 

Eric Tabuchi. 'Station #21' 2008

 

Eric Tabuchi
‘Station #21′ from the book ‘Twentysix Abandoned Gas Stations
2008

 

Eric Tabuchi. 'Station #22' 2006

 

Eric Tabuchi
‘Station #22′ from the book ‘Twentysix Abandoned Gas Stations
2006

 

Eric Tabuchi. 'Stock Options #3' from the Monument series 2007

 

Eric Tabuchi
‘Stock Options #3′ from the Monument series
2007

 

Eric Tabuchi. 'Two Windows' from the Road Signs series 2006

 

Eric Tabuchi
‘Two Windows’ from the Road Signs series
2006

 

Eric Tabuchi. 'Untitled' from the Untitled Landscape series 2005

 

Eric Tabuchi
‘Untitled’ from the Untitled Landscape series
2005

 

Eric Tabuchi. 'Untitled' from the Various Ruins series 2007

 

Eric Tabuchi
‘Untitled’ from the Various Ruins series
2007

 

Eric Tabuchi. 'Untitled' from the Work in Progress series 2007

 

Eric Tabuchi
‘Untitled’ from the Work in Progress series
2007

 

 

Book: Twentysix Abandoned Gas Stations

Eric Tabuchi website

All images copyright Eric Tabuchi

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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