Posts Tagged ‘Aperture Foundation

13
Jun
09

Exhibition: ‘Sawdust Mountain’ photographs by Eirik Johnson at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Exhibition dates: 21st May – 27th June, 2009

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Eirik Johnson. 'Freshly Felled Trees, Nemah, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain

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Eirik Johnson
‘Freshly Felled Trees, Nemah, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Junked Blue Trucks, Forks, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain

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Eirik Johnson
‘Junked Blue Trucks, Forks, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Elwha River Dam, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Elwha River Dam, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Stacked logs in Weyerhaeuser sort yard, Cosmopolis, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Stacked logs in Weyerhaeuser sort yard, Cosmopolis, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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“Eirik Johnson’s color photographs chronicle his study of Sawdust Mountain, a once idyllic patch of the Pacific Northwest now in decline after a century of human encroachment. The story is a familiar one – early settlers attracted by the sublime beauty and abundant natural resources – of Washington state in the case – began local nature-based industries that eventually depleted the natural resources. The romance of lumberjacks and fishermen taming the wilderness and living off the land has been replaced by the hardscrabble reality of those now trying to eke out a living as well as conservationists and ecologists trying to save and restore the landscape. Johnson presents a well-rounded portrait of a town and country struggling to find solutions to these conflicting demands. His photographs capture the history and legacy of the industries, the landscape at the center of the vortex, and the changes undertaken to stauch the economic and ecological declines so all can survive.

Johnson was born in Seattle, WA and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, Seattle and with a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Sawdust Mountain photographs will also be ehibited at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington who co-published the accompanying book with Aperture. Other Johnson book and exhibitions include Borderlands from 2006 and Animal Holes from 2007. Johnson is currently living and teaching in Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.”

Text from the Rena Bransten Gallery website

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Eirik Johnson. 'Weyerhaeuser sorting yard along the Chehalis River, Cosmopolis, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Weyerhaeuser sorting yard along the Chehalis River, Cosmopolis, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Stacked alder boards, Seaport Lumber Planer, South Bend, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Stacked alder boards, Seaport Lumber Planer, South Bend, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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Eirik Johnson. 'Adult books, firewood and truck for sale, Port Angeles, Washington' from the series Sawdust Mountain 2006 - 2008

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Eirik Johnson
‘Adult books, firewood and truck for sale, Port Angeles, Washington’ from the series Sawdust Mountain
2006 – 2008

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“A culmination of four years of photographing throughout Oregon, Washington, and Northern California, Sawdust Mountain focuses on the tenuous relationship between industries reliant upon natural resources and the communities they support.

Timber and salmon are the bedrock of a regional Northwest identity, but the environmental impact of these declining industries has been increasingly at odds with the contemporary ideal of sustainability. In this, his second book, Johnson reveals a landscape imbued with an uncertain future – no longer the region of boomtowns built upon the riches of massive old-growth forests.

Johnson, a Seattle native, describes his photographs as “a melancholy love letter of sorts, my own personal ramblings.” Through this poetic approach, Sawdust Mountain records a region affected by historic economic complexities, and by extension, one aspect of our fraught relationship with the environment in the twenty-first century.”

Text from the Aperture Foundation website.

The book ‘Sawdust Mountain’ by Eirik Johnson is published by Aperture Foundation and is available on their website.

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Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street, San Francisco

Opening hours: Tues – Friday, 10.30 – 5.30pm, Saturday 11 – 5pm

Rena Bransten Gallery website

Eirik Johnson website

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31
Mar
09

Publication of ‘Jpegs: Photographs by Thomas Ruff’ from Aperture Foundation

 

“How much visual information is needed for image recognition? A pretty small quantity of data will go a long way for the brain and the computer, both of which take shortcuts for the sake of speedy comprehension. In the Jpegs series, German photographer Thomas Ruff exploits this imprecision in digital technology, locating online jpegs and enlarging them until the pixels emerge in a chessboard pattern of near abstraction. A closer look at these images reveals that, in addition to the degeneration of the image into a digital grid, the color and brightness generated by the algorithms of the compression also become visible. Many of Ruff’s works in this series focus on idyllic, seemingly untouched landscapes, or conversely, on scenes of war and nature disturbed by human manipulation – subjects ill suited to disruptive pixelation, and therefore perfect for Ruff’s purposes. Taken together, these images constitute an encyclopedic compendium of contemporary visual culture that also engages the history of landscape painting. A fittingly deluxe and oversize volume, Jpegs is the first monograph dedicated exclusively to this monumental series.” 

Text from the Amazon website

 

Thomas Ruff. 'jpeg sh01' 2005

 

Thomas Ruff
‘jpeg sh01’
2005

 

Thomas Ruff. 'jpeg ca02' 2004

 

Thomas Ruff
‘jpeg ca02’
2004

 

“Thomas Ruff is among the most important international photographers to emerge in the last fifteen years, and one of the most enigmatic and prolific of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s former students, a group that includes Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer, and Axel Hutte. In 2007, Ruff completed his monumental and very timely Jpegs series in which he explores the distribution and reception of images in the digital age. Starting with images he culls primarily from the Web, Ruff enlarges them to a gigantic scale, which exaggerates the pixel patterns, until they become sublime geometric displays of color. A fittingly deluxe and oversized volume, Jpegs (Aperture, June 2009) is the first monograph dedicated exclusively to the publication of Ruff’s remarkable series.

 

Thomas Ruff. 'jpeg msh01' 2004

 

Thomas Ruff
‘jpeg msh01’
2004

 

jpeg-soi01-2005

 

Thomas Ruff
‘jpeg soi01’
2005

 

When viewed up close the images in Jpegs look abstract; as you move away they merge into decipherable photographic images. Like Impressionistic paintings, Ruff’s photographs require the viewer’s active participation and shift in perspective in order to make a complete assessment of the image content. The work ranges from idyllic, seemingly untouched landscapes and popular tourist spots, to scenes of war and nature disturbed by human manipulation. Places and global events that have defined the visual media world of recent decades are represented, including the familiar, almost iconic pictures of atomic bomb tests; 9/11; scenes of warfare in Baghdad, Beirut, and Grozny; the killing fields of Cambodia; and the ravaged Asian coasts after the 2004 tsunami, among others. Taken together, these masterworks create an encyclopedic compendium of contemporary visual culture that also actively engages the history of landscape painting. Jpegs is a testament to the effects of the digital age on the medium of photography.”

Text from Artdaily.org website


Thomas Ruff. 'jpeg ny02' 2004

 

Thomas Ruff
‘jpeg ny02’
2004

 

Book available from the Amazon website from May 2009

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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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