Jeff Bark's newest works are the subject of his solo show, Woodpecker, at the Michael Hoppen Contemporary Gallery in London; it's his second show at the gallery.
Bark's newest works are so multilayered it makes my brain hurt—in the best way possible. The photos feel like part diorama, painting and film. His involved process includes constructing a pond-like set that took over a month to build in his Brooklyn studio. He fabricated a pool, brought in a battered truck and created a faux forest.
The upshot is a group heavily symbolic photos in a rural setting rife with loneliness, despondence and introspection. Manufactured moonlit tones only add to this effect. Take a closer look and you'll see that the subjects are actually in an urban setting—tipped off by urban litter such as a fence, crates and even a car. Look even more closely and you'll see that the subjects desolate looks might be the result of whatever they're huffing out of that plastic bag (above right).
If you're in the London area you don't want to miss this show. See more of Bark's work on his website.
Through 11 January 2008
Michael Hoppen Gallery
3 Jubilee Place
London SW3 3TD map
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