Lonelyfingers presents a lecture by Glen Rubsamen as the last Sunday conversation at Museum Abteiberg. Glen Rubsamen is an American artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. His artistic practice evolves around landscape painting that reflects on the mutations of plant life in human built environments. For the lonelyfingers Konversationsstücke exhibition he contributed various types of seeds and seed containers – symbols of what he defines as ‘post-nature landscape’.
‘Rynchophorus Ferrugineus’ The modern parasite by Glen Rubsamen
The death and disappearance of the palms in Italy over the last 5 years has had a profound affect on the very essence of my relationship with the ‘Roman classical landscape’. Something that started perhaps with Poussin or Claude Lorrain and was developed further in the 1920’s and 30’s with the idea of the Mediterranean sea being essentially a ‘Roman’ sea. The mixture of the palms and pines together, that was the visual symbol of this synthesis, of North Africa, the middle east and southern Europe being essentially one country. An Idea Mussolini promoted heavily to support his colonial ambitions.
The red palm beetle ‘Rhynchophorus ferrugineus’ is a sort of anachronism, it started out in Asia and has been moving westward for the last quarter century, aided by airlines and global shipping and transport it got to Italy faster then it would have say 100 years ago, but it would have gotten there eventually anyway. The Irony is that the palms that it attacks are ‘imports’ themselves, part of a touristic botanical fashion (a type of botanical orientalism) dating back to the 19th century. In a way ‘Rhynchophorus Ferrugineus’ represents globalism eating colonialism.
I am hoping my short conversation at Museum Abteiberg as part of the lonelyfingers series will expose a process by which romantic elements in the landscape change meaning as things disappear from the mix. An investigation of a subtractive aesthetic event brought about by the direct intervention of a parasite sponsored by contemporary geo-political and commercial realities. A process that will become more and more common in the future until it will represent the only viable example of a state which can only be described as post-nature.
Museum Abteiberg 2/06/2013 at 16:00 – 18:00 pm
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