“Weltlandschaft” by Emma Webster at Carl Kostyál Gallery, London
Carl Kostyál London will seemingly be presenting Weltlandschaft, Emma Webster’s first solo enlighten with the gallery. The exhibition opens on 11thMarch and runs except 5th April 2021. The exhibition contains a series of sizable oil on linen works, painted with a seductive fluidity and bravura. They are, every in their area and in-and-of-themselves, contemporary panorama paintings.
Webster’s paintings are, most immediately, paintings of dioramas she constructs in her studio from animal figurines, plastic foliage and backdrops of collaged facets of canonical panorama paintings. Extra expansively they’re paintings that commemorate the history of the panorama painting and shriek additionally of the customarily messy and pathetic interface between meatspace and the digital realm.
Weltlandschaft, (transl. ‘world panorama’) the enlighten’s title, is a length of time that was coined to characterize a pattern that emerged in some 16thcentury painting in the Low Countries and Germany. These works depicted imaginary, panoramic landscapes seen from God’s-look gape that encompassed the gamut of topographical facets; mountains, lowlands, coasts, waters and constructions. Coinciding with the early years of the Age of Exploration and thus colonization, it was a fashion equally fuelled by the prejudice that nature was something to be measured and tamed by human exceptionalism. The world as property. Interestingly the fashion’s most famed instance is Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Panorama with the Drop of Icarus, wherein, famously, Icarus’ deadly tumble into the ocean is an incidental, almost skipped over ingredient.
Half-a-millennia later the deadly consequences of humanity’s hubris are writ some distance and huge the land, air and sea. Yet the deadpan implication of Webster’s paintings is that we’d moderately conclude cocooned in a world of cheap fiction. Love the obsessive fans of Chinese language livestreaming ‘stars’ who diagram discontinuance to think in the backdrops depicting luxurious penthouses and five-celebrity environments that body the performed lives of their idols, we’d moderately no longer respect backstage.
Emma Webster (USA/UK, b. 1989) lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned an MFA in Characterize from Yale College of Art (2018) and BA in Art Prepare from Stanford University (2011).
Fresh exhibitions contain Alexander Berggruen, Fresh York, Lancaster Museum of Art & Historic past (MOAH), Lancaster, CA; Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles; Asya Geisberg Gallery, Fresh York; Joshua Liner Gallery, Fresh York; Thomas Erben, Fresh York; and Next to Nothing, Fresh York. Her work is in the series of the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
She is going to additionally settle part in the crew exhibition Stockholm Classes at Carl Kostyál, Stockholm in Would maybe maybe well 2021.