Horizons, Julian Charrière’s current show at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, is exceptional. Utilizing the visual language of landscape, Charrière plays with the malleable nature of perspective. The end product is an array of elegantly succinct works, each of which must be navigated with a constantly fluctuating sense of scale. Beyond the cleverly crafted landscape metaphors lays a larger notion of the natural worlds’ existence within an urban context. For Charrière, the relationship is there for those who look.
Amid a suspended metallic sculpture and impressive store front window mold installation, the series that most clearly captures this thesis are the three etherial mountain scape photographs in the back portion of the gallery. Their airy lightness and nonchalant visual abstraction have a natural subtlety to them that reads of barren organic beauty. However, the subject matter of these contemplative and seemingly vast images is divulged via a video work as nothing more than an artfully staged shot from a construction site in Berlin’s center. Part transformation and part suspended reality, Horizons shows the idyllic landscapes existing around us that we never thought possible.
DITTRICH & SCHLECTRIEM
“Horizons” – Julian Charrière
Exhibition: September 10 – October 15, 2011
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Blog entry by Devon Caranicas in Berlin; Friday, October 7, 2011.