The famous fashion and art photographer has created hauntingly beautiful art installations that references our dependency on oil.
David LaChapelle is well-known for his flashy, glamorous magazine covers, but a new photography exhibition sees the artist dabbling in environmental commentary.
LAND SCAPE features a series of photographs that depict international symbols of waste like refineries and gas stations, and utilize over-saturated and fantastical colors to distract from the dangers that these buildings pose on their surrounding lands.
“The gas stations and refineries that populate iconic locations are staged as architectural avatars of a planet coping with the stresses of peak oil,” explains art critic Shana Nys Dambrot.
Both the Refineries and Gas Station series were originally created in the form of scale models that utilize recyclable by-products of petroleum, such as cardboard waste, hair curlers, egg cartons, and tea canisters. The two scenes were photographed in two different locations: The Refineries series was shot along the coastlines of California, and the Gas Station series was shot on location in the rainforest of Maui. Each set of images draws from an immense lexicon of art historical references, current events, and pop-culture, each unique in their narrative and evocative subject.
If you want see the installation up close and in person, LAND SCAPE is on display at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York until March 1st.
By Serena Chu