Michael Reisch

New Landscapes

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Michael Reisch
New Landscapes

Text(s) by Duncan Forbes, Rolf Hengesbach, graphic design by Anna Wesek

German, English

2010. 100 pp., 35 ills.

hardcover

34.70 x 28.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2635-1

Between reality and imagination

At first glance, the photographs of landscapes by Michael Reisch (*1964 in Aachen) look very real. Upon closer inspection, however, the viewer senses that something is not quite right. On the one hand, we are fascinated by unspoiled nature, which suggests wilderness, or perhaps even paradise. On the other hand, the images seem artificial, too immaculate to be true. The landscapes appear strangely frozen, as if they have been permeated by an invisible geometric structure. The pictures create a sense of uncertainty, because they are based on real, existing landscapes that Reisch has photographed with a digital camera but later processed. This combination of realism and manipulation gives rise to some questions: how do we put together our contemporary concept of landscape and nature? And are our ideas of landscape and nature at all salvageable now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century?

Exhibition schedule: Hengesbach Gallery, Berlin, April 30–July 3, 2010 | Followed by the Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn 2011

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