Martino Coppes

Monica De Cardenas | Milan

Martino Coppes creates evocative, landscapelike images by making peculiar assemblages out of discarded bits of white plastic and then carefully photographing them. Suggesting the aftermath of a natural or atomic disaster, these strangely lit pseudo-landscapes, which often incorporate tiny figures, are both synthetic and organic, simultaneously conveying a sense of stasis and continuous, subtle metamorphosis.

Although his photographs are strangely seductive, Coppes doesn’t look for beauty in the bits of discarded plastic he uses; rather, he seems primarily concerned with finding out how completely he can transform materials, and with disorienting the viewer. In the process he manages to alter genre as well as material, undermining the tired familiarity of landscape imagery through his use of glowing and undulating plastic to suggest ravaged land masses and eerie underground passages.

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