Zhulong Gallery is pleased to announce Mark Tribe: New Landscapes, a solo exhibition that reframes the pictorial traditions of landscape art through contemporary technology. We are living in a time, sometimes called the anthropocene, of dramatic human impact on the environment and rapidly vanishing wilderness. Having conquered the vast terrain of our planet, we are now recreating the experience of ‘untouched’ nature within game worlds and geospatial simulators. Tribe’s most recent works give form to these virtual landscapes from the aerial perspective of a surveillance drone, pulling them from the virtual back into the physical realm.
Stretching up to 8 feet in height, the polygonal forms of these monumental photographs boldly reflect their origins as digital data sets. On the wall, however, these uncanny picturesrecall the shaped canvases of Modernist painters like Ellsworth Kelly or Kenneth Noland while interpreting our industrial impact on the landscape with the grandeur of JMW Turner and more recently Edward Burtynsky. Addressing technology in medium as well as subject matter, Tribe prints the photographs in ultraviolet ink, a durable and noteworthy medium that gives the works a lustrous yet matte surface. Mark Tribe’s New Landscapes presents the historical notion of Manifest Destiny, but notes social implications and power dynamics of space with a figurative and procedural precision.