After our wars are fought and grass has grown over our cities, this is what is left behind: earth and wood, fire and water, splayed detritus disemboweled.
Australian photographer, Julian Dahl, and Seattle artist, Jon Haaland, are having a joint exhibition of post-apocalyptic landscape photographs and paintings at Valise Gallery on Vashon Island during the month of September, 2018. According to Julian Dahl, “To me, atrophy and collapse are aesthetically more appealing than conventionally “beautiful” images. I look for sculptures in decaying nature and the shape of space death opens for new growth.”
This dark take on landscape is shared by Jon Haaland, who documents “the blight we leave behind, while illuminating the vast scapes held in small spaces, beautiful and unseen, sheltered from human hands.”
Over the past 2 years, Julian Dahl photographed dead trees and stumps on Vashon Island beaches. He shot them mostly at night with wireless flash heads. We see these close-up beachscapes looming from the blackness, lit from within like post-apocalyptic magic lanterns.
Jon Haaland’s three-dimensional paintings echo this mood of ambiguous malevolence through his use of dirt, fire, oil paint and torn pages from history books arranged in blackened strata covered by Nature in the process of reclaiming Her dominion.
ABOUT JULIAN DAHL: Photographer/Filmmaker born in Melbourne, Australia, 1966, now based on Vashon Island near Seattle, USA. Julian began his creative career as a poet and then an experimental filmmaker in Melbourne using Super 8 film. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles and directed/produced two feature films (Camjackers and Being Big) and released a collection of experimental films (Utopia One). He now specializes in experimental landscapes and conceptual art photography. For more info, go to www.juliandahlphoto.com
A new exhibition of photographs by Julian Dahl & paintings by Jon Haaland,
September 7-28 at VALISE GALLERY, 17633 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon Island. Exhibition opening night Sept. 7 at 6pm