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Group exhibition: L-scape

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  • Curated by Diego Cortez
  • 2004-9-16 - 2004-10-29
  • John Hope Franklin Center, Main Gallery, Durham, NC, USA
  • Features Rineke Dijkstra, William Eggleston, Yurie Nagashima, Thomas Ruff, Wolfgang Tillmans and Hellen van Meene


"l-scape opens the Franklin Center Gallery's 2004-2005 season. The show is a remarkable exhibition by six of the world's leading photographers.


Hellen van Meene (b. 1963 [that should be 1972], Netherlands)
Van Meene's work traditionally evolves around the theme of young girls' maturation. In "Untitled (Japan), 2001" from the series "New Photos Japan", she explores ways of dissolving the distinction between portrait and landscape. Here the two girls are intimate continuations of the surrounding world/landscape."


"The John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University has a small but extraordinary show of photography in its gallery. "l-scape" is based on the human figure (or implied human presence) and landscape. In this unlikely space, be prepared to see work by major international figures such as Rineke Dijkstra of the Netherlands, whose hyperreal, luminous preadolescent subject in "Tiergarten, Berlin, July 1, 2000" confronts us against the dark backdrop of a tall tree trunk. Yurie Nagashima's "Untitled (Kirkland, Wa.)" sets its subjects in a grainy landscape, each commanding his own viewpoint. Wolfgang Tillmans' lushly colored "Shaker Tree" presents tree as figure: Its twisting trunk suggests legs, torso and upraised arms. Thomas Ruff's blurred architecture suggests a parallel with countryman Gerhard Richter's squeegeed swaths of paint.

The Dijkstra and the Nagashima photographs each measure more than 50 inches tall, and in the compressed gallery space, they run nearly from floor to ceiling, providing maximum physical impact. Handsome installation, including the wall signs' free-association musings about man's relationship to landscape by Diego Cortez, the New York curator who loaned these works, enhances the experience."