“A Slight Shift” explores how installations challenge the landscape as a medium as well as a subject matter. With a strong poetic and narrative evocation, these installations propose another image of the real. The physical presence of such elements reveals another aspect of the site: strange beauty offering a new spatial experience to the audience. Providing a new interpretation of the landscape, the photographs shown in this exhibition are situated at the intersection of land art, staged photography, and minimalist sculpture; emphasizing the relationship between human and nature along with human and non-human through ecological or political concerns.
Charles Pétillon pushes us to reexamine the meaning and metaphors of the everyday in his landscapes. By utilizing something as ordinary as a white balloon in his work, Pétillon enlists viewers to examine these seemingly mundane spaces as something filled with beauty and possibility. In his words, “by placing the structure in a place where it is deprived of sense, I can reinforce the discrepancies of the changes we are living through. It is impossible to imagine that such an idyllic, picturesque and enchanting place could bear the stigma, or result, of such changes.” Javier Riera, who works with geometrically shaped light projections struck directly onto landscape, tries to echo what already exists in nature. He explains, “these interventions seem to me to reveal qualities and dimensions of something hidden within the spaces where I work.” The environmentalist artist Barry Underwood, marks the landscape with LED lights, luminescent substances and other physical processes, to point to the immutable traces that human interventions leave behind. By staging a visual disruption in an otherwise familiar setting, Underwood seeks to reveal the unseen potential instilled in the landscape.