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Review: Olivo Barbieri at Yancey Richardson Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

The Dolomites Project

Through March 31, 2012


Opening Reception and Book Signing:
Thursday, February 16
6:00 - 8:00 pm


Olivo Barbieri continues to examine the monumental landscape from above in his new series, which features images of the north-eastern Italian mountain range. As with his Waterfalls Project perception is pushed away from the norm. Earlier work played with scale rendering the appearance of monumental miniature; this series plays with volume and flatness through the use of coloration.

On the whole this work is in-line with Barbieri's exploration of the role of the natural world in contemporary culture; do these impressive natural structures continue to inspire or has the sublime been replaced or cheapened by a theme-park mentality. Do we feel awe or are we just looking for the tourist snapshot? The foundations of our relationship to nature is questioned by these large scale prints. The strange coloration given to the peaks is careful not be overdone, rather alters the images just enough to push and pull depiction. Our initial response is to question the reality of the image itself, yet as we find our balace we also find depth of perception. The mountain range expands, rises up and we do find ourselves inspired by wonder of the grand, the elegant, the monumental landscape.

For more information on this exhibition please visit Yancey Richardson Gallery

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