At Light’s Edge provides desolate views of American landscapes illuminated by eerie distress signals – messages coming from above or vice-versa. Lightning that shoots or seemingly falls through the sky highlights the notion of endangered beauty, whilst correlating with beliefs in divine or extra-terrestrial phenomenon. The project was shot in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming – one of the least populated regions in the country – states selected for their scenic qualities. Ultimately, these environments maintain a historical significance; many are important to local Native American tribes, or provided paths for early western pioneers, giving rise to ideas about exploration and identity. The organic forces foregrounded in Kevin Cooley’s (b. 1975) images are used to question systems of knowledge. Cooley creates frameworks through which to observe gestures and decipher complex relationships with nature, technology and each other. www.kevincooley.net.
Modes of Communication
Partners in work and in life, Marquis Montes create enigmatic works that draw on many cultural references. Through dramatic staging and invigorating styling, their work captivates the imagination.
Images from Benoit Paillé’s (b. 1984) Visions series consider artifice and natural life in juxtaposition, creating a dialogue with the landscape.