Darren Almond, Fullmoon@TheNorthSea
Monday, October 3 to Monday, October 31, 2011
Installed on a billboard east of the High Line at West 18th Street
Darren Almond’s Fullmoon@The North Sea was the third and final installment in Landscape with Path, a series of images selected by photographer Joel Sternfeld and presented on a 25-by-75 foot billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street.
Almond’s photograph portrays the Huangshan mountain range in China, a landscape that is synonymous with Chinese Buddhist pilgrimages, on the evening of a full moon. The image reflects Almond’s interest in geographical limits and points of arrival and departure with cultural significance. Since 1998, Almond has been making a series of landscape photographs known as the Fullmoons. Taken during a full moon with an exposure time of 15 minutes or more, these images of remote geographical locations appear ghostly, bathed in an unexpectedly brilliant light where night seems to have been turned into day.
Darren Almond’s work addresses notions of time, place, personal history, and collective memory. He makes sculptures, films, photographs, and works on paper based on his extensive travels, which often take him to remote locations. Many of Almond’s works are filmed in wide-ranging – and often inaccessible – geographical locations such as the Arctic Circle, Siberia, the mountains in China, and the source of the Nile.
About Darren Almond
Born in Wigan, England, in 1971, Darren Almond lives and works in London. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues including The Renaissance Society, Chicago; K21, Düsseldorf; the Venice Biennale; the Berlin Biennale; Tate Britain, London; Kunsthalle Zürich; Museum Folkwang, Essen; SITE Santa Fe; and de Appel, Amsterdam. He was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 2005.
About Joel Sternfeld
Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944) is known for his photographs of people and the American landscape. He has had solo exhibitions of his work in New York, Rome, Berlin, Lisbon, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, among other cities. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Citigroup Photography Prize; the Prix de Rome; Shifting Foundation Fellowship; Grand Prize Winner, Higashikawa Festival of Photography, Japan; Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; National Endowment for the Arts Photographers Fellowship. He lives in New York City, and has taught photography at Sarah Lawrence College since 1985, guiding the next generation of accomplished artists.
This High Line Art Commissions are presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. In-kind sponsorship for this series is provided by Edison Properties.