Reviewed: Georg Kuettinger at Project 4 Gallery
Georg Kuettinger’s photographs perch uneasily on the border between reality and fiction. The Munich-based artist’s images—now on display at Project 4 Gallery—are big and bold, with a highly reflective coating and dimensions as wide as 106 inches. He makes them by digitally stitching together and repeating portions of several photographs taken at a single location, producing sweeping—but faux—landscapes. Not all of the images are equally impressive, but a number are stunning—an aerial view of a patchwork of farmland in shades of beige, aqueous blue and pale yellow (top); multicolored log-like shapes laying on the ground in orderly patterns; and a grand sweep of Yellowstone-style geothermal landforms. But the works’ titles—each of which is based on a specific location in Spain, the Netherlands, France, Turkey, Germany, Portugal or Italy—clash with the otherworldliness of the artist’s vision. Perhaps for this reason, the most abstracted image in the bunch (below) is the most intriguing. It’s a blank, apparently snowy scene dotted with a few clumps of fuzzy-looking trees. The placement of the trees on a gently rolling elevation suggests a female body at rest, rendered with a winning dreaminess.
The exhibition is on view noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday to March 17 at Project 4 Gallery. Free.