Signage: The Backdrop of Street Life in NY
Neil O. Lawner
The Stranger’s Path and Future Obsolescence
Street Moments — NYC
The gallery is proud to present five solo shows and the Park West Camera Club 80th Anniversary Exhibition
EXHIBITION DATES: April 5 – 29, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 6-8pm
I am a visual artist working with large scale panoramic photographs. informed by research in the field of human geography, particularly chorology, the study of the causal relationships between people and place. In geography and in my work this is a study of cultural landscapes. In the current Anthropocene epoch, the entire planet has been altered by people, so the cultural landscape and my subject is omnipresent. I use my socio-political interests and concerns to connect my pictures of vernacular architecture with globalization, migration and energy production, and in studying the movement of people through those landscapes. Transit points, such as hotel lobbies, airports, bridges, train stations or highway edges, are "super-modern non-places" (Marc Augé), where people from different cultures have a common globalizing experience. I look for the beauty and motion in these communal places that have transcended their locales. As I make my work, I record soundscapes that are produced into multi-track audio elements. These recordings contribute to creating an immersive panoramic experience for the viewers. Pictures of people traveling through the landscapes I create are repeated. The multiple representations of this everyday dance imply that although this is a photograph of a ‘real place’, it is a manufactured landscape with a narrative, and prompt the viewer to consider time and motion through space. The repeating figures create an uncanny impression and suggest the enigmatic nature of place as represented in a landscape.