Adam Bateman

Something fundamental to being American is travel through the landscape —this takes the form of immigration, hiking, road trips,and national park tourism. By driving across the country we recreate the action of the westward expansion of the pioneers.” Yet, his works address our use of technology as modifiers for the actual experience.

The photographs are mounted on shaped aluminum supports. The shape is dictated by the outside perimeter of the collages photos, which are arranged by a common vanishing point. The shape of the support makes them engage with modernist form and sculpture. The subject matter of each piece comes from a Google image search of a singularobject that exists in the landscape. The nature of those singular objects is also sculptural. The image is then comprised of the top ten results of a Google image search. They explore the Internet as a virtual site and as a rite of passage. We Google a place before we visit the site. The photos in the gallery comprise a sort of non-­‐site We walk the pathway in the landscape and because of our previous virtual experience there we recognize the photo we are supposed to take and the view we are supposed to experience while we are there.We then Instagram it and contribute to the public consciousness about that landscape and we prove to the virtual world we’ve been there.

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bateman-smokestack
kennecott smokestack
digital print on laser cut aluminum
35 x 48 inches, ed. 3
please inquire

4500

watertower - adam bateman
watertower
digital print on laser cut aluminum
48 x 36 inches, ed. 3
please inquire

4500

 


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