Climate change, the increasing incidence of natural disasters and the doubts thereby fueled about the controllability of technological achievements (think of Fukushima) influence our idea of landscape. An artist who today grapples with landscape does so from another angle and with a different concept of landscape than did an early 1970s land art artist.
The exhibition Behind Landscape at the H2 Center for Contemporary Art in Augsburg is presenting ten international artists and their landscape pictures, in photographs, prints and videos. According to the organizers’ press release, the artists have in common that they work less theoretically or conceptually than with aesthetic means and depict landscapes in a highly atmospheric manner.
The exhibition includes works by the New York author, geographer and artists Trevor Paglen, the Augsburg-based artist Karen Irmer, the Alaska-born filmmaker Reynold Reynold, and the Israeli photographer Shai Kremer.