Matthew Partridge, DE
Mankind's enthusiastic yet ill-considered marriage with nature over the last 150 years of hyper-industrial society has brought forth distorted offspring. There is no longer a simple dichotomy in the struggle between the mushrooming appetites of civilisation and the primeval forces of nature, as the artists of Romanticism impressively had us believe. There is now a new, weird and ghastly synergy of the two: after the world has eaten itself up, evidence of this unequal liaison will be found by visitors to Earth from distant and more intelligent societies. In the meantime, with little time remaining to halt the disastrous rape of nature, let us at least enjoy certain artefacts of beauty.
Matthew Partridge is like an amateur archaeologist on the lookout for the fossils of the future. He collects briefly sighted evidence like pieces belonging to the puzzle of our surroundings. He understands the picture as little as the next. But his photographs offer a number of readings.
Materials: Inkjet print on paper
Measurements: 60 x 40 cm