Maslen & Mehra – “Metropolis”
Dates: Feb. 7 – May 5, 2006
Location: Galerie Caprice Horn – Rykestraße 2 – 10405 Berlin
The renowned Courtauld Institute in London is exhibiting the works of Maslen & Mehra in a group exhibition ”Culture Bound“ from the 20 Jan 2006 until 2007. The East Wing Collection VII presents works of artists who have explored our perceptions of cultural boundaries, who have looked at the systems that form and affect us. ”Culture Bound” questions the role of perception, realisation and categorisation in the formation of cultural identity.
To view the works of Maslen & Mehra, you do not have to visit London. The Berlin Gallery Caprice Horn will be presenting their latest works from 7 Feb until the 5 May 2006.
The works of Maslen & Mehra juxtapose images of moving people in busy metropolitan streets with vast spaces and landscapes. “The contrast of these enlivened and emphasised landscapes with the silhouettes of the figural sculptures shows an awareness of a disconnection to nature, that occurs in busy urban cities.” Closer scrutiny reveals the gestures of the urban inhabitants: Someone is seen talking on his mobile phone, another moves with his heavy backpack of the globetrotter through the metropolitan jungle, he too a product clearly more of an urban than a rural environment. The compositions contribute to the debate “whether people are a part or apart from nature” (Maslen & Mehra, 2005).
Maslen & Mehra photograph anonymous people in the busy urban settings. These images are then used to fabricate sculptures which are then projected into rural or remote landscapes. The total image is then re-photographed resulting in the ultimate work. The finished image is then set up in full scale brightly lit light boxes or as C-Prints. The light boxes are objects of fascination in themselves being disused advertising displays from the London Tube. The circle is complete.