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Automonuments by Niv Rozenberg
Niv Rozenberg is a New York-based Israeli artist. Niz Rozenberg’s photographs definitely reward close viewing. Rozenberg received an MFA at Parsons The New School for Design in New York in 2011. Rozenberg's work in Automonuments features large scale imagery of skyscrapers in different parts of the world. From a distance, the digital prints resemble geometric abstractions. The scale and perspective of the work combined with it's subject allows the imagery to overwhelm the viewer. However, these images derive their power not from the monumental size of their subjects, but from the subtle minutiae glimpsed in their façades. Although there is something of Mondrian’s abstract compositions and aerial city grids in Rozenberg’s colorful squares, the comparison ends there. Instead, the artist asks us to look up at skyscrapers from an impossible perspective achieved only through digital manipulation. Rozenberg states in his artist statement, "[the work] does not document reality but reconstructs it, creating a view that cannot be seen.” However, this manipulation is not what truly sets it apart from Mondrian. The work never achieves that level of abstraction as the images are always broken up by visual elements - tree tops, an open window, a gentleman sitting on his patio. See, these photographs are not truly about abstraction. The imagery relies on these tiny, disconcerting details that alter the otherwise uniform building façades. It almost makes us ask the questions about our reflections. "When we look at these monuments, do they look back?"
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I truly love that last line, "when we look at these monuments, do they look back." That for me is the most interesting part of the project. The little imperfections are like reminders of ourselves, but you must go beyond the abstraction. But the abstraction itself is from ourselves. It's confusing, but I like it.
Are they manipulated from building photographs? These monuments makes my eyes dizzy.
Yes. The artist doesn't specifically say how they are manipulated, but if I had to guess he alters the perspective to be straight and rigid. He took these photographs looking up, but the perspective of the images themselves seem to be straight on.