Shot largely on the same set of beaches in Portugal over two years, The Accidental Theorist depicts a series of instances that are devoid of explanation. A familiar yet ubiquitous landscape is pervaded by stillness, offering little by way of narrative. Static and at times uncomfortable, a weighted black sky meets a luminous stretch of sand, splitting each image between light and dark. The photographs communicate a sense of tranquillity whilst building apprehension in the viewer – they occupy a space where reality cannot be distinguished from dream, and anxiety replaces certainty. Edgar Martins’s (b. 1977) series translates the iconography of the holiday beachscape into a staged sense of melancholy – a seismic arena waiting for events to unfold. Familiarity is replaced by eeriness, an intriguing concept that is further exaggerated by the arresting beauty of the settings. Martins offers a complex and highly successful example of fine art photography. www.edgarmartins.com.
The Language of Experimentation
Tate Modern, London, presents The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, featuring over 150 works from 60 artists.
Alluring Mysteries of the Everyday
Revolt of the Sage, opening this month at Blain Southern, takes its title from a work of the same name by Giorgio de Chirico painted in 1916.