Stunning, poignant and full of life.
The Jeff Wall show at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is a photography exhibition focusing on the expansive work of this Canadian artist. Wall produces images taken from his hometown Vancouver and displays them using colour transparencies backlit by fluorescent light. These images are then presented in a light box making it a painting realism of sorts. Walking into a room filled with Wall’s work is captivating as the bright lights and large size of the works command the room. Being from Vancouver, it was also interesting to see familiar spots around the city making the show even more personal.
Wall addresses themes regarding the relationship between men and women, the relationship between the urban environment and nature as well as social issues pertaining to violence and cultural miscommunication. His autonomous images of reconstructed scenes effectively communicate his message. The viewer becomes amassed in the detail within the carefully constructed…
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