Edge Lands
The title of the exhibition refers to « Edgelands », a non-fiction book by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley published in 2011ii. The meaning of the term “edgelands” lies in the city’s outskirts, the interfacial zone between urban and rural, the space where city and countryside fray into one another, between architecture and nature. This path where the city starts to deconstruct leaves us at the edge of the urban world and the “bastard countryside” depicted by Victor Hugo. Nathaniel Rackowe’s work tries to reveal this transition space. The artist « attempts to capture the way the light transforms these environments, the NLP series defines space by using a lit permitted, the space or “land’ within is defined by its glowing edge. The light, this undefined space that extends the work out of its frame and specifies the direct interaction with its environment, refers to the half-built and transitory landscapes described in “Edgelands”. Thus, the peripheral area becomes crucial and part of the work.
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SP17-Rackowe-2014