"Katherine Baxter’s work is exquisite, whether small or large scale. Meticulous research goes into every ‘jewel’ like piece, and the pleasure she derives from producing these, is communicated to us all. There is complete mastery of the axonometric projection, as can be appreciated in her grand London and New York posters. It is, as if one is transported by hot air balloon, floating gently over all those much loved and beautifully painted landmarks.”David Driver Head of design, The Times
“”The New World" revisits anonymous places of the 20th century. It is set in a time characterized by the conflict of Modernist and Postmodernist convictions, its influence on later 20th century history, and ultimately, the world we live in today.
On a formal level, this conflict defines the aesthetics of the collection. The interrelation of rational graphic design and anonymous photorealism reflects the contrast of manmade ideals and the acceptance of life in chaos. “The New World" is shaped by an original set of rules, metrics and processes. This enables the revelation of eclectic utopias that, for better or worse, withhold the definition of a photograph."
Refinery Kitsch: David LaChapelle’s “Land Scape” Photography
Artist David LaChapelle tackled fossil fuels in his 2013 photo series “Land Scape,” which captured models of oil refineries assembled from cheap, mass produced found objects. Applying the flashy pop aesthetic and intricate staging he had become known for in his fashion and celebrity photographs, LaChapelle created garish and otherworldly portraits of industrial production. Carefully assembled by professional Hollywood model-builders and lit by hundreds of LEDs, the refineries appear to be real at first glance. Yet a closer look reveals that storage spheres are medicine balls, pipes are straws and hair curlers, and smokestacks are painted Pringles cans. These items, of course, are derived from petroleum by-products, a reminder of the scope of our reliance on fossil fuels. The dazzling, retro-futuristic industrial aesthetic LaChapelle creates, evocative of the lurid sheen of Hollywood celebrity, speaks to both the power and profligacy of the fossil fuels industries.