American artist Barry Underwood utilizes LED lights, luminescent material, and other photographic effects to create fleeting abstract landscapes that are influenced by both accidental and incidental light. Here is Underwood’s Artist Statement: »My artwork examines community and land-use in rural, suburban and urban sites. I created this series of installations by researching local agricultural, industrial, and recreational land-use. Curiosity about ecological and social history of specific places drives my work. By revealing the beauty and potential of an ordinary landscape an everyday scene is transformed into a memorable, visual experience. Each photograph image is a dialogue – the result of my direct encounter with nature and history. Inspired by land art, landscape photography and painting, as well as cinema, my images are both surreal and familiar.«
All images © Barry Underwood.
Urban Interventions by Tony Spyra
The Weight of Life, Kraków, Poland, 2013
Physalia, Ostend, Belgium, 2013
Abandoned Shipwreck, Vienna, Austria, 2012
Career, 425 x 101,65 x 118,75cm, 2014, Picture: Hannes Katherl
All images © Tony Spyra.
Alyse Endur’s book Prison Landscapes is a compilation of prison inmates presenting themselves in front of visiting room backdrops. »Such backdrops, often painted by talented inmates, are used within the prisons as portrait studios. As inmates and their visitors pose for photos in front of these idealized landscapes they pretend, for a brief moment, that they are someplace else. The photographs are given to these visitors as gifts to take home and remember the faces of their loved ones while they are incarcerated«, she writes.
State Correctional Institution, Houtzdale, Pennsylvania
Woodbourne Correctional Facility, Woodbourne, New York.
Federal Correctional Institution II, Butner, North Carolina.
Rush Hour by Fernando Livschitz.
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The gap between the wealthy and the poor as evident as in these pictures can go without any further explanations. But keep in mind that these photos have not only been taken in so called third-world or threshold countries. El Contraste Entre La Pobreza Y La Riqueza En El Mundo
Karl Philips is a young Belgian artist for whom a mild kind of activism is inextricably linked to his work. With his performing art, he explores the distinctions between public and non-public, common- and underground, us and them. In 2010, he created a mobile »apartment« attached to a billboard. Concierge is a transparent foldable pop-up shelter for homeless people on the back of company’s product placement.
Concierge, Homeless shelter, temporary installation, mixed media (5 x 6.50 x 3.70 m), 2010