III by Calmen & Bech
"The end of the world. Stones, rocks here and there,
everywhere. Chaos. Fog falling down, cutting off this
piece of land from the rest of the world. Shrouded in
mystery, loneliness, fear… but at the same time
giving the sensation of a soft and cushioned space,
separate and unique, peaceful and timeless..."
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in collaboration to create captivating and mysterious landscapes,
French artists Calmen & Bech consciously retain a sense
of anonymity. In their alluring and atmospheric artworks an
acknowledgement of time and place is not significant. Instead
we are suspended in timeless space: the familiar transcends
the everyday and the viewer is introduced to what they describe
as ‘the ends of our world.’
Firmly grounded in the strength and beauty of nature itself,
the photographs of Calmen & Bech recall the Romantic era
and the origins of the photographic medium. They revive artistic
values first embraced by masters of nineteenth century photography
such as Gustave le Gray, and later by the Pictorialists. The
silvered waters of a lily pond, the twisted roots of the oak
tree, and the lush grasses of a fog-swept field encourage
us to reconsider our relationship to the natural world.
Though influenced by history and tradition, the work of Calmen
& Bech offers a unique and contemporary point of view.
Creating multiple panels that fragment the landscape, the
artists weave texture and form in a way that appears almost
cinematic. Shown in sequence, the photographs suggest the
narrative for a story never fully told; the conclusion found
only in the eye of the beholder.
Calmen & Bech's work is held in private collections worldwide and in the collection of the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France.
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