Thomas Wrede's series 'Real Landscapes' are manipulations of landscapes with artificial details inserted into nature to create staged scenes that looks authentic. Brice Bischoff's series 'Bronson Caves' documents a performance done at the caves specifically for this photographic series.
Kopeikin Gallery is pleased to announce two separate exhibitions: our first exhibitions with German artist Thomas Wrede and our first exhibition with Los Angeles based artist Brice Bischoff.
Wrede's series: "Real Landscapes." are manipulations of landscapes with artificial details inserted into nature to create staged scenes that looks authentic.
Bischoff's series "Bronson Caves" documents a performance done at the caves specifically for this photographic series.
The exhibitions open on Saturday, April 21st with a reception for the artists and a book-signing with Wrede ("Anywhere" published by Kehrer in 2010) and a performance by Bischoff at a time TBD. The opening is cuncurrent with other Culver City openings and runs from 6:00 - 8:00. The exhibitions continue through May 26th and is free and open to the public.
Wrede's photographs from this series are actuality manipulations of landscapes. By adding artificial details into real nature he creates a staged scene that looks authentic at first. For the observer it becomes difficult to see what is actually real and what is unreal.Wrede observes how artificial nature is received in the same way as real nature; a subject well known in German philosophy. Philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Hegel studied the dialectic relation to nature. Wrede thereby continues this German tradition as a photographer, questioning our perception of nature.
The Bronson Caves are located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park and are famous as a filming location to countless motion pictures and television shows. The caves' cinematic history begins here and continues for almost a hundred years up to the present. Cinema has imaged events from explosions and gunfights to the creation of cave paintings and alien abductions at the Bronson Caves. With each different event the landscape's existence morphs and adapts to new realities, an asteroid colony one event, a vampire lair the next, this elasticity gives the Bronson Caves the distinction of an anyplace. With this rich history in mind the artist created a performance documented in a series of photographs.
opening: Saturday, April 21st from 6:00 - 8:00
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