Installation view, Topografien, Alec Soth | Natalia Stachon | Ulrich Wüst, Loock Galerie, 2017, Photo: Berd Borchardt, Courtesy of Galerie Loock.
Alec Soth, Natalia Stachon & Ulrich Wüst - Topographies
Potsdamer Strasse 63
The exhibition Topographies" presents photographs by Alec Soth and Ulrich Wüst, as well as new drawings and a neon sculpture by Natalia Stachon. What these artists all have in common is their interest in ambivalences: ambivalences in urban and social as well as physical and emotional spaces. Urbanity and landscape, especially the photographic reception of the landscape in the U.S., are points of reference here. In the 1970s in the U.S., the genre of landscape photography was newly rediscovered by various photographers like Stephen Shore, Robert Adams, Ed Ruscha, Nicholas Nixon, and Lewis Baltz. They directed their gaze to built landscapes, designed and destroyed by man: streets, warehouses, industrial plants, parking lots, and peripheries, and they did so in an analytical and complex manner, using an objectivizing visual vocabulary. In this way, they resisted the anecdotal and picturesque forms of expression favored by traditional American landscape photography of, for example, Edward Weston or Ansel Adams. They aestheticized the banal and confronted contradictory states: romanticizing beauty and ugliness, geographic expanse and industrial agglomeration."