| Maslen & Mehra
Installation image: Ramsey Island II; Black Canyon Rd Mojave Desert; Hole In The Wall Mojave Desert; Salt Creek Death Valley
Photographed sculpture in recycled advertising displays from the London Underground, Edition of 5
135 x 194 x 10 cm
Galerie Caprice Horn
The works of Maslen & Mehra juxtapose images of moving people in busy metropolitan streets with vast spaces and landscapes. "The contrast of these enlivened and emphasised landscapes with the silhouettes of the figural sculptures shows an awareness of a disconnection to nature, that occurs in busy urban cities." Closer scrutiny reveals the gestures of the urban inhabitants: Someone is seen talking on his mobile phone, another moves with his heavy backpack through the metropolitan jungle, he too a product clearly more of an urban than a rural environment. The compositions contribute to the debate "whether people are a part or apart from nature." (Maslen & Mehra, 2005).
Maslen & Mehra photograph anonymous people in the busy urban settings. These images are then used to fabricate sculptures, which are then set up in different rural or remote landscapes. The total image is then re-photographed resulting in the ultimate work. The finished image is then exhibited in full scale brightly lit light boxes or as C-Prints. The light boxes are objects of fascination in themselves being disused advertising displays from the London Underground. The circle is complete.
Please note MASLEN & MEHRA do not use Photoshop to create their work. The images are created by photographing sculptures.
Recent/current projects include a solo exhibition at Galerie Caprice Horn Berlin 2006, Art Moscow 2006, inclusion in the East Wing Collection at the Courtauld Institute London 2006-2007.
East Wing Collection 7
Courtauld Institute London
January 2006 - 2007
Akiko & Masako Takada, Salvatore Arancio, Jung Lee, Chris Kenny, Thomas Struth, Marianne Carlton, Shezad Dawood, Layla Curtis, Maja Borg, Zineb Sedira, Gonkar Gyatso, Roshini Kempadoo, John Hayward, Oleg Kulik, Yinka Shonibare, David Blandy, Gavin Turk, Rachel Garfield, Stephen Gill, Michael Takeo Magruder, Ewen Spencer, Poppy de Villeneuve, Olga Chernysheva, Georgia Russell, Maslen & Mehra, Jack Southern, Mustafa Hulusi, Grayson Perry, Marine Hugonnier, Rachel Oxley, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jeremy Deller