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2015

solo exhibition 


 
UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES
on land-use and resources
 of the North American South West 

new works by Klaus Hu

at Somos Art Space Berlin

interview via Yale University Radio with Brainard Carey
about UNSETTTLED LANDSCAPES 
http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/klaus-hu 


alumni page at SFAI
https://sfai.org/residents/klaus-hu/







UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES
new works by Klaus Hu / photography / painting
on land-use and resources
 



Landscape and conflicts of the North American South West.




Historical and experienced landscapes. Photographs as negative b/w and digital images of the residence stay at Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico, USA in March / April 2013 are juxtaposed with PAINTED TRANSLATIONS of photographic recordings (and archival photos) while on stay and in my Studio in Berlin. The landscape of the North American South West appears as an ambient room as visual language of lived time. As visual translation, opposites merge into a symbiosis. Do I imagine landscape or does landscape reflect on me? Is landscape a romantic topic of escape, "inspired" by infinity or is it an ecological disaster? While landscape was subject to the will and spirit of the late baroque period in European tradition and degraded to geometric alignments of the nobility, the romantic period of the 19th century projected the "soul" of the author / artist on / into the canvas, and thus into / onto the real landscape. Sometimes landscape disappeared as a longing as in Caspar David Friedrichs paintings. At the beginning of the 20th Century modernity opens the bridge to non-European traditions, without examining in detail the various notions of landscape, the self, the projection, the ritual and transformation. Only the ignition of the first Atomic bomb in 1945 in New Mexico threw an image on the dichotomy of dissolution versus unity (of the self). The result was the counter-movement and the awakening of the 60's generation.  But everything vanished into a daydream. Another 40 years later, after several financial and ecological crises and disasters, the exploitation of resources by transnational corporations, wars of intervention, after 9/11, looking at "LANDSCAPE" is not a marginal subject any more. It is part of the Anthropocene and the discourse upon geological changes by human interventions on a global local scale.













UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES
installation views / at SomoS Berlin / May 2015 
© Klaus Hu & VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2015










WHITE SANDS I - III 
charcoal / oil on Stonehenge
ensemble of 3 each 105 x 135 cm
total: 315 x 135 cm (h x w) vertical hanging
     or 105 x 405 cm (h x w) horizontal hanging
framed glass / maple black
 produced during residency at Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, USA, 2013


BANDELIER 
archival prints on Hahnemuehlen fine art pearl
each 8 1/2 x 11"






 




NEW MEXICAN TRAVELS / WHITE SANDS IV
oil on canvas 120 x 140 cm





ACOMA / PHOENIX / PARKING SPOT
oil on canvas 120 x 140 cm



 
NEW MEXICAN TRAVELS ACOMA / PHOENIX 
each 8 1/2 x 11"archival prints on Museum Etching 350 g

HOW TO TRANSCEND A POOL IN SPACE
oil on canvas 195 x 210 cm











 
NEW MEXICAN TRAVELS ACOMA / PHOENIX 
each 8 1/2 x 11"archival prints on Museum Etching 350 g



HOW TO TRANSCEND A POOL IN SPACE
oil on canvas 195 x 210 cm


UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES
 oil on canvas 200 x 140 cm












UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES
 oil on canvas 200 x 140 cm














HOW TO TRANSCEND A POOL IN SPACE
oil on canvas 195 x 210 cm








 


WHITE SANDS I - III 
charcoal / oil on Stonehenge
ensemble of 3 each 105 x 135 cm
total: 315 x 135 cm (h x w) vertical hanging
     or 105 x 405 cm (h x w) horizontal hanging
framed glass / maple black
 produced during residency at Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, USA, 2013















 
NEW MEXICAN TRAVELS ACOMA / PHOENIX
each 8 1/2 x 11"archival prints on Museum Etching 350 g / framed















BANDELIER
archival prints on Hahnemuehlen fine art pearl
each 8 1/2 x 11" / framed








ART & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Wednesday, 20th of May / 7 PM / 19 Uhr


in conversation with: Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs


ARTIST TALK & SCREENINGS
Thursday, 14th of May / 8 PM / 20 Uhr
 







FILM / SCREENINGS  
a fictional reflection about the escapist landscape of Mars. 
source images courtesy NASA / JPL Caltech 
voiceover: Christopher Johnson
 text excerpt: by Peter Allen "2035" editing © Klaus Hu 2013


 UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES keynote 2015, 35 min
keynote on land-use and resources of the North American South-West. 
photos / texts / editing © Klaus Hu 2015
additional courtesy: Timothy O Sullivan courtesy Library of Congress
High Desert Test Site © Andrea Zittel
books © the writers / authors
research photos / re. uranium tailings courtesy Center For Land Use
State of Mind, New California Conceptual Art ca 1970, 
courtesy University of California Press, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

book / film presentation / sound
photos / editing © Klaus Hu 2013/15

site-visit of the archeological site in New Mexico, USA near Los Alamos Labs. 
photos / editing © Klaus Hu 2013/15

site-visit of the first nation reservation in New Mexico, USA near Grants.
photos / editing © Klaus Hu 2013/15

site-visit of the iconic land-art work SPIRAL JETTY by Robert Smithson, 1969/70 
at Salt Lake, near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , 2013
photos / editing © Klaus Hu 2013/15


ALL IMAGES / WORKS © KLAUS HU 2013/15
& VG BILD-KUNST BONN




video keynote presented during the exhibition 2015
UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES 2015
presented at Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, USA, 2013 as video keynote  
ON LANDSCAPE THE ARCHIVE AND ESCAPE  
as paper pdf 





Literary research archive for UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES 2013/15

1: JEFFREY KASTNER / BRIAN WALLIS > Land & Environmental Art
2: ROBERT ADAMS > The Place We Live 
3: JUDY PASTERNAK > Yellow Dirt
4: DANIEL MCCOOL > Native Waters
5: V.B.PRICE > The Orphaned Land
6: LUCY R. LIPPARD > Undermining
7: ROBERT SMITHSON > Collected Writings
8: TIMOTHY O´SULLIVAN >
 Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library Duke University, 
Durham, North Carolina
9: CLUI / CENTER FOR LANDUSE INTERPRETATION 
> On Radioactive Disposal Cells Within The US
10: GOOGLE EARTH IMAGES  
> Uranium Disposal Cells of America 
> Radioactive Disposal Sites In The USA



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