Its interesting to think about how sites like tumblr or apps like Instagram have changed the way we experience things. We are browsing through loads of visual data which we can choose to overlook, or quickly inhale and then dispose of. Our behaviors outside of the internet have begun to take on these tendencies by taking in the information we see, or quickly photographing it and then moving on without articulating the actual experience. We cant even sit with a piece of art anymore. Its nice to scroll through this endless amounts of data and find things like this.
This country is a disaster. I was standing on a hill that overlooks Downtown Los Angeles last night, (I have been fortunate enough to be house-sitting a friend’s amazing house up on this hill in between Downtown and Pasadena) and it’s this little tucked away part of Los Angeles that looks…
one of my favorite photgraphers, Alexander Gronsky, and his work explained.
Alexander Gronsky (b.1980, Estonia/Latvia) - Mountains & Waters
Shan shui, the Chinese word for landscape, is a compound of two symbols : for mountain (山) and water (水). Being part of Ying Yang duality, water signifies emptiness and mountain stands for matter. The traditional Shan shui painting that evolved from this vision is not a representational image of a specific place or landscape, but rather a metaphor of a human journey through a constant shift between nothingness and form. Westerm concept of depicting time and space is not relevant here: point of view is moving throughout the image in search for the “angle of totality” as the essence is not visible from a single viewpoint. It is not an open window for the viewer’s eye, but an object for the viewer’s mind. Painting is regarded as a means of conveying a sense of the totality of the natural order - of the cosmos itself. The same human figure may appear in different parts of the picture, we accompany it wandering through the hills, same mountain may be shown from different sides simultaneously as it is not a moment in time, but rather a time span. These paintings are not about variety of things around, but about one thing that is always present. All of them together create a single continuous path. The path for a true landscape.
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newest piece from Vision, Voice, and Practice. A response to the work of Frank O’Hara. Also the first time shooting 4x5 at night.