'INHABITHED DESERTS' Todi from 3 October 2020 to 28 April 2021

 

Most people are indifferent to deserts.  Deserts are "away". They are "elsewhere". There is nothing to see there except sand and stone.

John Pepper's photographs rediscover deserts, and while going with him on this adventure, you may discover a thing or two about yourself. His photographs, paradoxically, don’t take you to the actual places where they are shot. They take you elsewhere, to a new place for your mind and imagination to inhabit.

Because as you stand before them Pepper’s photographs slowly transform what you believe you are seeing into a totally different thing. And not just one.

The conflict of light and shadow, of black and white, the harmony of grey shades, the simplicity of forms and complexity of details, often turn them into powerful metaphors of the human condition—and yet they do so without a trace of human presence.

Matisse once said his art mission was to provide a mental chair for a working man. Some of Pepper’s photographs, instead of entertaining the viewer, offer a chance to get teleported into these mystical places, to roam the rocky plains, to meditate, to bury in there the stress and burnout of urban life in order to come back with new ideas, newly found calm, or just a fresh outlook on life. These photographs intend to be seductive. Fields of rhyming shades and the rhythm of lines appear so enticing that one may wonder if the images were created by an artist, rather than captured by a camera. It is at this juncture that I started seeing how the camera in Pepper’s hands becomes a brush or chisel with which he blurs the lines between capturing something already made, and creating something which has never existed. 

Abstract Expressionists struggled over the idea that their paintings could only be good if they looked “spontaneous”, not meticulously thought-out, while being clearly emotionally expressive. Pepper’s hands create abstractions that have all the expressive power of great abstraction coupled with all the spontaneity of nature. The eye cannot tire of exploring these jagged, cracked, and stained surfaces. The mind cannot get enough of the seemingly random results of millennia of the elements fighting each other.

And then there are the dunes—and how by their very nature they border on the abstract and representational. For this viewer, the best way to describe the process of looking at them is to be “swimming with one’s eyes”. For indeed the eye swims through the desert swooshing along the curves of their ridges, chopping through the ripples, diving inside them; and the mind emerges from each such encounter refreshed and excited. 

KIRILL PETRIN
London, November, 2020

  

 

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'ROME 1969, AN HOMAGE TO ITALIAN NEO-REALISM' Raw Streetphoto Gallery, Rotterdam from 15 September to 28 October 2019

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"PAYSAGE", Autour De Laurenz Berges, Galerie Sophie Scheidecker, Paris from 13 September to 2 November 2019

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'INHABITED DESERTS' Nox Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv from 17 April to 30 May 2019

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'INHABITED DESERTS' Art Of Foto Gallery, Saint Petersburg from 21 March to 26 May 2019

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'INHABITED DESERTS' The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai from 12 December 2018 to 15 February 2019

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'INHABITED DESERTS' Photo Is:Real 2018, Tel Aviv from 22 November to 1 December 2018

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'INHABITED DESERTS' PARIS PHOTO 2018, Paris from 8 November to 11 November 2018

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'INHABITED DESERTS', Aaran Gallery, Tehran from 14 September to 1 October 2018

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'INHABITED DESERTS', Galerie du Palace, Paris from 6 November to 1 December 2017

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'EVAPORATIONS', Fondazione Terzo Pilastro, Palazzo Cipolla, Rome from 22 November 2016 to 18 January 2016

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'EVAPORATIONS' at the Gallery for Classical Photography, Moscow, Russia from 18 June to 02 August 2016

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‘Rome 1969’ Art of Foto Gallery Saint Petersburg, Russia 15 May 2016

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'EVAPORATIONS' at Dom Kurlinoj Museum, Samara Russia 7 April 2016

 

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‘Evaporations’ at "Ekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art", Yekaterinburg, Russia. December 16, 2015

 

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'EVAPORATIONS / THE SEA AROUND THE WORLD', NOVOSIBIRSK STATE MUSEUM, RUSSIA, 02 OCTOBER 2015

 

Dates : 02 Octobre - 15 Novembre 2015

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'EVAPORATIONS' at the Irkutsk State Art Museum, Irkutsk, Russia from 12 August to 15 September 2015

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'SHOWCASE GALLERY' Al Quoz Dubai 05-13 March, 2015

 

Date : 05-13 March, 2015

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