Viggo Mortensen "Durham" – Archival Giclee Print, 2003
Matted and framed
20 x 13 in.
Signed and numbered on back in ink.
Edition No. 1 of 9
This work was in Mortensen's exhibition "The Nature of Landscape and Independent Perception" at Track 16 Gallery.
Viggo Mortensen’s series of work is about the essence and intensities of landscape. They are - and its a prickly term in our present climate - beautiful images. We appear to be looking at cosmologies, at photographs of globs of oil paint, or at images taken under a color microscope. They beguile, delay and seduce. Mortensen gives us a flurry of sensations, literally flashes, and also the concentrated “truth” of whatever happens to be there. These are abstract emotions that give very few clues to their source, apart from the titles that anchor them in specific landscapes and locations in Iceland and New Zealand. In his work, Mortensen finds what he feels and what is revealed in what he sees. It is the revelation of what is hidden within and also at the same time the surface brilliance of a phenomenon. He gives us images that come directly from the world but that leave us in state of disequilibrium. There is a saturation of color and, if you like, a sense of awe - a mixture of fear and wonder - before our being in the world.