The pristine environments in “Lowdensitypolyethylene,” German photographer Julian Faulhaber’s solo debut in the US, are captivating on multiple levels. Faulhaber has a flair for the dramatic, and transforms images of banal—albeit strikingly colored—urban and other environments into psychologically portentous compositions. The artist photographs his subjects—nightclubs, loading docks, shopping complexes, sports arenas, apartments—at their moment of completion. They are Edenic, as yet unsullied by human touch, but poised for first use. Faulhaber infuses each image with an eerie hermeticism derived from the settings’ absolute newness, a refined sensitivity to abstraction and seriality, and an absence, for the most part, of natural light.
The womblike enclosure in Lounge, 2006 (an updated, blinged-out version of Jeannie’s bottle), is upholstered floor to ceiling in green vinyl, features a
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