"The sites depicted in LaChapelle's LAND SCAPE represent the globally networked industrial infrastructure of oil production and distribution. The Gas Station series was shot on location in the rainforest of Maui, and the Refineries were photographed both in the studio and in the remote locations in expansive deserts and along the majestic California coastline. The eponymous gas stations and refineries that populate LaChapelle's iconic natural-world locations are staged as architectural avatars of a planet coping with the stresses of peak oil, and really of just peak everything. Yet even as the dazzling, even romantic spectacle and retro-future aesthetic of the buildings distracts from the dangers of their future, the eye is enthralled by their artificial magic. Both bodies of work use elaborately and imaginatively handcrafted scale models, saliently constructed of cardboard and a vast array of recycled and repurposed materials from egg cartons to tea cannisters, drinking straws, chafing trays, hair curlers, fly-swatters, computer motherboards, spray-paint canisters, patio lights, and other by products of our petroleum-based disposbility-obsessed culture." - Shana Nys, LAND SCAPE
About the Artist
David LaChapelle (born in 1963, Fairfield, Connecticut) is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages. LaChapelle’s striking images have graced the covers and pages of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D, and he has photographed diverse personalities including Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears. In 2006, LaChapelle decided to minimize his participation in commercial photography, and return to his roots by focusing on fine art photography. He has been the subject of exhibitions in both galleries and leading public institutions around the world, including the Barbican Museum, London (2002), Palazzo Reale, Milan (2007), Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City (2009), the Musee de La Monnaie, Paris (2009), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.