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Laid together on the lookout : Charbel Ackermann, Jonathan Harker, Beltrán Obregón

15 May 2009 – 14 Jun 2009

Danielle Arnaud

London, United Kingdom

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Beltrán Obregón's The Land of the Giants plays on the veracity of an aerial urban photograph and the deception of scale. Eagle Cliff Spiral, seems to chart an aerial view of the top of a hill. The trail of Sisyphus shows a continued motion in space both on the ground and in the air, interweaving micro and macro views of the landscape. Spatial Sequence shows what seems to be an imperceptibly moving wing of an airplane on the backdrop of a sky transitioning from dusk to nightfall and back again. Jonathan Harker's Destablishing Shots consists of a series of 23 shots of various buildings and houses in Panama City. At first glance, the shots do not seem to involve anything more than the careful framing of the houses and buildings, but their impossible (though not absolute) symmetry gradually becomes evident. The result is a disturbing portrait of a city that has been intervened and altered. Charbel Ackermann's Towers Record is an animated reconstruction of an urban scene observed for a quarter of an hour during an autumnal late afternoon. He uses a large number of paintings to record the scene through a sort of time-travel CCTV camera using the style of 17th/18th century urban topographic painting.

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