October 26 - December 14, 2013
Opening with Mark Gisbourne, international curator & critic
Friday, October 25
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Nature has been a recurrent theme for the Swedish artist Björn Abelin. In a 2006 project Abelin dealt with the absence of man in the landscape; the series Escapes is deserted black and white scenes where the only remaining visitor to the space is the viewer. We experience an innocence with these works as if a child seeing its mother earth for the first time.
In a new body of work, Apocalypse we see the other end of this polar experience between man and nature. Again we find barren landscapes, but these are more full of arrogance than wonder. These critical images deal with hubris where man has become Godlike and his desire to control nature overwhelms. Abelin draws on landscapes that reference video games and fantasy movies- these are the apparent landscapes we strive for where man's dominance on the environment has overrun the natural state of evolution.
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