The Soft Wreckage of Paradise

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The Soft Wreckage of Paradise
Brooks Dierdorff

Landscapes have emotive power; moreover, they reflect and reverberate economic and cultural
difference. Brooks Dierdorff examines the complexity of landscape in his series, The Soft Wreckage of Paradise. He deconstructs imagery and material culture associated with the outdoors, from sunsets and leafy paradises to Styrofoam coolers and the eclectic office spaces of public park employees. Moreover, Dierdorff’s use of stock photography reinforces his interest in the ubiquitous subject matter of the often romanticized natural environment. The works belonging to The Soft Wreckage of Paradise raise questions about how and why we represent nature in this age of Anthropocene. In his artist statement, Dierdorff writes, “The human impacts of this [Anthropocene] on the environment, and new relationships with the environment, are evident everywhere yet in many of our available models for visualizing and
understanding them are very abstract.” While his work resonates with a multitude of meanings, the artist interrogates notions of respect and admiration for the natural world. As tangible organism and ubiquitous representation, nature is a part of our everyday lives and as a result we must ask: why don’t we treat it better? (from Amy Galpin, PhD, Curator, Cornell Fine arts Museum)

Jan 19 2018, 8:00am to Feb 10 2018, 5:00pm
Bolivar Art Gallery
free
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