Otra Ciudad (Another City) Mario Ayguavives
"In the series “Otra Ciudad” I present unidentified spaces in cities in which many of the essential elements of their composition have been eliminated, such as the inhabitants, windows, local stores, cars, adverts and signs. As a result, the city appears to be an empty space in which there are hardly any references to the human race that created it.
Through these images, which have been adapted to create a great reduction in information, my intention is to create a city which could be any and which seems familiar to the onlooker because it could be any modern city. This reflects my view that the modern urban space has been changing to reflect a few global types, just as has been happening for almost all aspects of our lives.
The city is a space that is increasingly full but at the same time ever emptier.”
Leo Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana, the family estate in the Tula region of Russia on this day in 1828. The Tolstoys were a well-known family of old Russian nobility. He was the fourth of five children of Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy, a veteran of the Patriotic War of 1812, and Countess Mariya Tolstaya (Volkonskaya).
“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”
—from “Anna Karenina” (1875–1877)
Otro Paisaje (Another Landscape) Mario Ayguavives
"In “Otro Paisaje” my intention is to create images typically seen on postcards or posters which show a beautiful natural landscape. I then manipulate these on the computer, as the human race has done with the earth, introducing a disturbing aspect through the repetition, one or more times, of some of its components or through the use of symmetry. In this way I intend to produce a strong contradiction to nature where no two elements are ever the same. Repetition and its supposed perfection is something belonging to industrialisation.
The landscapes that I have created can be beautiful, just as beautiful as many other consumer products designed by man, but in them there is something artificial and so perfect that we should be unsettled.”