November 2011; Residues

Opening: Saturday, November 5 2011 @ 7:00 pm

Ray Klimek’s recent project Carbon/Analog and Ghosh’s new series of video installations Ganges explore the tension between the material landscape and imaginative projection. While Klimek is interested in the overlay of scientific conventions and extraterrestrial fantasy onto seemingly unpromising local terrains, Ghosh is invested in an aesthetic reconsideration of local sites rooted in mythological and modern history and cultural contradictions. Carbon/Analog consists of two parts. Analog borrows the conventions of NASA photography, including extreme close-ups, mosaics, and jagged panoramas, to depict mining sites in Pennsylvania. By echoing these conventions Klimek examines the value of degraded and denigrated landscapes, reconceiving them as sites of curiosity, exploration, and adventure. Carbon develops this fantasy in a series of images that initially resemble the nighttime sky but upon closer examination reveal a more earthbound reality. The images once again consist of close ups of waste material from the Pennsylvania coalfields. Shot with a 4” x 5” view camera, the images show sunlight reflected within minute pieces of coal thus establishing a connection that points to an eons long geological transformation. Coal has been described as “buried sunshine.” The end result of a process of biological decay and subsequent mineralization, it represents a concentrated form of stored primal energy.

 

Ghosh’s video Landscape with Kites resituates the familiar landscape of Delhi, between its potential for being re-imagined as a site for fantasy and within the disquiet of its present political reality. Re-imagining such a landscape as an unusual site for imagination and play, radically alters our perception of the real, resituating it within the perennial state of flux that struggles to blend and blur the city’s complex history with its multi-layered present.