The galerie introduces the well known New York photographer Brian Finke with 'the Flight Attendants' and the installation of Kathleen Vance with the 'Travelling Landscapes' series. Both artists inspect the air travel in their own way.
Galerie OPEN is pleased to introduce the well known New York photographer Brian Finke with "the Flight Attendants"" and the installation of Kathleen Vance with the "Travelling Landscapes" series. Both artists inspect the air travel in their own way. In the rebuilt and transportable Landscapes of the New York artist Kathleen Vance, she deals with issues involving the varied forms in nature that are indicative of growth, and the transformations that occur in the growth processes relative to these forms.
She builds the landscapes in suite cases, which she finds around the world and sends them by air travel, in order to show the influence of human kind on nature. In an exploration of natural systems of growth, she reinterprets nature to establish and define the context of these systems within our working society, perceiving nature as an environment as well as an intangible concept. By referencing nature directly, its material origin is displaced and reactivated to create an otherwise unlikely encounter, exposing human's dismissal of the natural and their tendency to attempt to control nature. Addressing issues of displacement, the philosophy of what is natural, what forms indicate the natural and how the context affects the meaning and identity of these forms, she defines the human construct of the boundaries between the natural and the artificial world.
Flying the friendly skies, Brian Finke crisscrossed the United States photographing flight attendants on Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Hooters Air, Southwest, and Song airlines before going abroad with such carriers as Air France, Qantas and British Airways. In London, Finke visited a flight attendant school with emergency rafts and billowing smoke. Then continuing east, he traveled with Air Asia, Thai, Tiger, ANA, Japan and Cathay Pacific. He finished two years of travel with the illustrious Icelandair.
The result of Finke's wanderlust is his series "Flight Attendants", a vibrant collection of photographs documenting the lives of those souls who choose to work at 40,000 feet. Shot before, during and after flights, the photographs capture the allure of the high-flying profession alongside the more quiet moments of the attendants daily lives. He is drawn to the distinctive dynamics of team formation, focusing on uniformed individuals executing practiced actions. With an eye for the ironic and the absurd, he seamlessly blends the glamorous with the casual, offering a look at the people of the air travel industry.
Openig 5 febrary 2009 at 19 h
Legiendamm 18-20, Berlin