David LaChapelle's Land Scape
David LaChapelle is one of the most inspiring contemporary photographers who tackles the pressing socio-political issues. Early on the path of building his career, the work of David LaChapelle was recognized by Andy Warhol. From this moment on, the photographer continued shooting for top editorial publications. Throughout his career, the artist became known as someone who masterfully combines the a particular hyper-realistic aesthetics with social commentary. In addition, the photographer’s work has been exhibited in numerous renowned cultural and art institutions and is a part of many private and public collections. The exhibition at Robilant + Voena is an homage to the artist’s practice and his devotion to an important subject matter…
Robilant + Voena
Edmondo di Robilant and Marco Voena are agents and dealers in fine art. A partnership which lasts already fifteen years and today Robilant + Voena stands for galleries in London and Milan. Robilant + Voena deal in fine art from the fifteenth century to the present day, focusing particularly on the Italian and French schools, as well as Italian post-war and contemporary art. The gallery exhibits regularly at major international art fairs and has cooperated with numerous cultural institutions, including Tate Britain, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and National Gallery of Scotland, to name a few… Robilant + Voena offers their clients significant experience on the international art market and a comprehensive service for helping private and institutional clients on a path of building their art collections.
One of the characteristics of the postmodern era, concerning Western societies, is reflected in the petroleum-dependant culture which does not recognize the importance of sustainable sources of energy. David LaChapelle tries to represent these notions through a series of photographs with mesmerizing imagery of industrial complexes. However, on closer inspection, one realizes what forms the connotational level of the pieces. The landscapes are constructed out of recycled materials and objects which represent the throwaway culture of contemporaneity – cans, mobile phones drinking straws… David LaChapelle creates inspiring imagery of energy production giants through watery reflections and a spark of the post-apocalyptic subtext. David LaChapelle’s Land Scape is on show from September 16th to October 17th at Robilant + Voena Gallery, Milan.