Thursday, July 14, 2016

BEAUTY: Photography--Geebird & Bamby

The photographic duo of Geebird & Bamby (Robert G. Achtel and Jens Bambauer) was initiated in 2009 with the primary objective to create, manufacture and distribute "The New World," a photographic series they refer to as an original visual design product. It is based on the partnership's architectural photography from California, Nevada, and Florida.

The Artists' Statement about the series:
"'The New World' revisits anonymous places of the 20th century. It is set in a time characterized by the conflict of Modernist and Postmodernist convictions, its influence on later 20th century history, and ultimately, the world we live in today.

On a formal level, this conflict defines the aesthetics of the collection. The interrelation of rational graphic design and anonymous photorealism reflects the contrast of manmade ideals and the acceptance of life in chaos. 'The New World' is shaped by an original set of rules, metrics and processes. This enables the revelation of eclectic utopias that, for better or worse, withhold the definition of a photograph."

I've seen so many of these monolithic, Brutalist/Mid-Century store fronts in both Florida and California and they really do represent a certain cultural idea from a certain period. The emptiness here seems to speak to the failed state of that idea and period.

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