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Archeology of the Future II (c) Shai Saul

Archeology of the Future II, 2007

Shai Saul

Photography - Three Oaks

October 31st - December 12th, 2009

Shai Saul’s photographic work is not so easy to classify. His pictures belong neither to those of the “seekers”, a term used by Peter Hamilton, meaning photographers like himself, Cartier-Bresson and others, who record  natural events, nor to those of the “makers”, like Mapplethorpe and Booth, who create artificial scenarios for their images.

At first glance, the large colour prints suggest almost abstract forms, but on closer examination reveal themselves as depictionsof man’s intervention in real landscapes. While the mysterious beauty of the structures, their formal harmony and delicate coloring are fascinating, at the same time the obvious and violent changes which men impose on nature appear shocking. Mysterious, almost sublime buildings turn out to be harbingers of the destruction of the landscape.

Shai Saul’s approach to his art is philosophical, offering the viewer an abundance of further thoughts and feelings. The work’s aesthetic is as fascinating as the message underlying it. Almost imperceptibly, the viewer enters dangerous territory, over whose beauty destruction has cast its shadow. W.G. Sebald, quoting the 17th century writer Thomas Browne, said that there is no cure for the passing of time, the greatest of species last no longer than three generations of oak trees.

Such thoughts prompted the title of Shai Saul’s exhibition.

Interaction IX

This interaction was performed bei the frensh pianist Pianist Theophile Aries with the music "Metamorphosis" from Philip Glass.