Fabrications: Landscape Photography from the Collection

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014-Sunday, Jan 04, 2015
John Divola
gelatin silver print, 14 3/4 x 18 in. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase, 1985.12.7 ©John Divola, Photo: Pablo Mason.

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Fabrications: Landscape Photography from the Collection addresses the constructed landscape, in all its possibilities, complications, and failings. The work’s chronology begins in the 1970s, at a time when landscape photography was undergoing dramatic changes. This reincarnation sought to establish the genre as a means of examining the immediate contemporary environment with frankness, critique, and even irony.

It is perhaps Ansel Adams who exerts the most weight in the popular conception of landscape photography, with his sweeping vistas and ubiquitous images of Yosemite National Park. If Adams pictured the western landscape as a sublime, still wild terrain, these artists turned instead toward the landscape as a fabricated one, implicated in economy, industry, and social and ecological issues. The exhibition features Oliver Boberg, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lewis Baltz, Stephane Couturier, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, and Melanie Smith, among others.