Interacting with city surfaces through reflections and/or through ruffling smooth appearances to see what lies below the obvious is an ongoing interest.
My 'interaction' consist of 'scrambling', so to speak, the confident lines of bricks, or street signs, or by interfering with the colours and textures of fragments from public wall paintings and graffiti. Buildings reflected in pavement puddles therefore get entangled with inconsistent and erratic curves of organic matter like trees. Plant and mortar exist in harmony, ironically through the distortions caused by water. Water, moved by wind acts as the ultimate shaper. The paradox of creation and destruction by natural forces (erosion) and human interaction (abandonment of buildings once built, then left unattended) intrigues me. So does the inventive re-usage of public sites and the combination of industrial conveniences like electrical lines, telephone poles with buildings from a pre-industrial period.
I often reflect upn how reflected images succeed in breaking through the surety of rectangular shapes, and at once reveal the more imaginary aspect of being in a city. In the everyday view of things city dwellers walk over hard city surfaces, hurriedly from one office to another in the business heart of a city. In Cape Town where I live, for instance buildings associated with heartless greedyness, like banks and insurance-, finance-, and huge oil company-buildings become the source for poetic meditation.
The humble pavement puddle after rain, exert its power to disturb this proud strutting of control and material self assuredness. In the cracks of textured bricks, and the depth of the sky sinking deep under one's feet the camera lens allow me to dive into and float in a deep sea of imagination.
This is what the series, Deconstructing the City-series Number 1-4 deals with. #4 Has received the honour of being an Artslant Showcase Winner. Thank you, Team!