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Johanna Reich

Water On Asphalt

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Artist
Johanna Reich
Title
Water On Asphalt
Year
2014
Duration
1 min 25 s
Format & Technical

Single channel, HD video, Colour, Sound

LOOP Edition
Ed. 2016

The camera records the process of painting: the artist is painting directly on the street. Instead of using oil colour or acrylic paint the only material utilised is water. Due to the specific camera angle the immaterial water-painting becomes visible. The fluid surface is rejecting the sky and trees.
Water as one of the most important and precious resources of our time creates a “virtual image” revealing the view of nature. The reflection works like an irritation: it exposes the view of nature as a past image and at the same time as a present reality. Water on Asphalt shows the ambiguity between digital progress and a vanishing nature. It remains a “memento mori” – a virtual memory rejecting the ecological dilemma of our times.

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