Thursday, 3 October 2013

Nature the creator, man the editor

Andreas Gursky, James Bond Island III

'If I had known then, what I know now/British Isles' is based on the idea of surrendering the creative process to a force outside the self, hand torn in paper and cast aside, crumpled before being reclaimed and preserved through a process of 3D scanning and ultimately cast in bronze. As our world becomes increasingly global, nationhood itself is brought into question. In our own land we are questioning what England means apart from its geographical boundaries and wonder whether there is an English nation. The fragility of the discarded paper and the weight and purpose of the bronze define the extremes of this question.

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