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Stefan Sehler

Parker's Box

At first glance, Berlin-based artist Stefan Sehler’s lush, intricate images appear to be photographic. They depict fragments of nature— branches and leaves, pine needles, vines, and ferns—often lushly entangled and seen close-up, as though they were specimens for scientific study or the subjects of a contemplative gaze. A second look suggests that the images are printed on their Plexiglas supports; we seem to be looking both through and into the picturesque scene. The works draw us into a seemingly endless space; as we catch glimpses of the distant empty sky, we find ourselves immersed ever deeper in the claustrophobic tangle of an overgrown forest, memorizing incidental sights as insurance against getting lost. The “camera” cuts trail after trail, but each seems to lead to a blind alley, and the trails close behind us. The feeling of being trapped, balanced by the experience of

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