Irhann 09, 2008: 42×49 in / 107×124.5 cm. Ed. 4+2 AP
“Irhann” is a ficticious series of anti-glorious landscapes filled with old remains of what seems to be nuclear missiles and other weapons that failed in exploding and simply crashed on the ground. By way of manipulated photographs and details of authentic footage, photographer, Gabriel Jones does not imply criticism directed toward the politics of a specific country, he rather creates a fictitious visual “scenario” using absurdity to criticize the tragic absurdity of wars. Jones describes an imaginary and elusive country, revealing a surreal perspective of our world by playing with two seemingly similar objects, the nuclear missile, an icon of mass destruction, and the rocket, an icon of scientific research and progress, He uses rockets to create ambiguity. At first glance the viewer has the impression of witnessing a desolate war ara but then realises that these objects are in fact rockets and satellites.
In Jones’ landscapes, the rockets (or parts of them) and at times satellites, rest at indistinct locations, abandoned due to their malfunction and reference playfully a whole register of human emotions between angst and curiosity. Jones adds to the mystique by combining these created images with reframed, rephotographed and silksceened, real life video stills from archives.
Navigating between photography and silk screened video stills, Jones’ work hovers between the imaginary and the hyper real, leaving an arsenal of impressions that transcend time and ultimately loose their threatening effect.
Irhann 02, 2008: 30×35 in / 76×89 cm. Ed. 7+2 AP.
Irhann 08, 2008: 30×35 in / 76×89 cm. Ed 7+2 AP
Irhann View 07, 2008 (silkscreen): 13×19 in / 33×48 cm. Ed 12
Irhann View 05, 2008 (silkscreen): 13×19 in / 33×48 cm. Ed 12
See also The Suburbs series, made for Arcade Fire