Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Richard Misrach

Outdoor Dining, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 1992
From the series, Desert Canto XV. The Salt Flats 1992

Dead Animals #1, 1987

Richard Misrach was born in California in 1949.  He is best known for his studies of "human intervention in landscapes".  His work represents a contrast between man and nature in thought provoking ways such as in "Outdoor Dining".  This untouched land resembling nature's beauty is some what tainted with man made things laying about- the tables.  Are man made developments on the way to ruin the natural state of this place?  In "Dead Animals #1" we can see a pile of livestock laying dead next to what appears to be very polluted waters.  Perhaps this is a sign of how man can come along and ruin or kill nature.  This probably wouldn't have happened if industrial pollution had not crossed paths with these animals. 

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