“o.k. we’ll begin with entropy. that’s a subject that’s preoccupied me for some time. on the whole i would say entropy contradicts the usual notion of a mechanistic world view. in other words it’s a condition that’s irreversible, it’s condition that’s moving towards a gradual equilibrium and it’s suggested in many ways. perhaps a nice succinct definition of entropy would be humpty dumpty.” – robert smithson [1]

27/07/2011 § Leave a comment

cyprien gaillard, geographical analogies #1 (2006)

cyprien gaillard, geographical analogies #10 (2006)

cyprien gaillard, geographical analogies – installation view KMM Zollamt (2010)

 

gaillard’s archeological approach toward nature and architecture can be noted in his ‘geographical analogies’.  in these wooden boxes, he has carefully arranged nine polaroids taken in various locations.  the juxtapositions draw analogies, for instance, between natural sites in mexico and housing projects in the bronx, be it for their visual correspondences or their geological placement, highlighting in each photo the same sense of fragility. [2]

 

it seems this travelling show by cyprien gaillard has found its way into print.  nicholas gottlund’s blog highlights a few pages of this archaeological catalog of various juxtapositions.

 

search for entropy

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[1]     today’s title comes from alison sky’s interview of robert smithson in 1973 which was printed in the book “robert smithson: the collected writings” and is now partially available on robert smithson’s website.

[2]    the following quote comes from bugada & cargnel’s page on geographical analogies

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