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Darren Almond
Landscape with Path: Fullmoon@ theNorthSea

October 3 – 31, 2011
Billboard next to the High Line at 18th Street and 10th Avenue

Darren Almond presents Fullmoon@TheNorthSea, the third and final installment in Landscape with Path, a series of photographs selected by photographer Joel Sternfeld and presented on the 25-by-75 foot billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street.

Darren Almond’s work addresses notions of time, place, personal history, and collective memory. He makes sculptures, films, photographs, and works on paper based on his extensive travels, which often take him to remote locations. Many of Almond’s works are captured in wide-ranging – and often inaccessible – geographical locations such as the Arctic Circle, Siberia, the mountains in China, and the source of the Nile.

Almond’s billboard portrays the Huangshan mountain range in China, a landscape that is synonymous with Chinese Buddhist pilgrimages, on the evening of a full moon. The image reflects Almond’s interest in geographical limits and points of arrival and departure with cultural significance. Since 1998, Almond has been making a series of landscape photographs known as the Fullmoons. Taken during a full moon with an exposure time of 15 minutes or more, these images of remote geographical locations appear ghostly, bathed in an unexpectedly brilliant light where night seems to have been turned into day.

Photos by Bill Orcutt. 

Darren Almond

Darren Almond (b. 1971, England) lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions of his work include the Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2013); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2012); Site Festival, Stroud, England (2012); White Cube, London (2010); and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada (2007). His work has also been incorporated in group shows at the Renaissance Society, Chicago; K21, Düsseldorf; the Venice Biennale, Venice; the Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Tate Britain, London; Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; SITE Santa Fe, Sante Fe; and de Appel, Amsterdam. He was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 2005.

Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944, New York) lives and works in New York City. Known for his photographs of people and the American landscape, Sternfeld has had solo exhibitions of his work in New York, Rome, Berlin, Lisbon, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, among other cities. Recent solo exhibitions include Luhring Augustine, New York (2012); the Albertina Museum, Vienna (2012); Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2011); and the Fotofrafiemuseum Amsterdam (2011). He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Citigroup Photography Prize (2004); the Prix de Rome (1990-91); Shifting Foundation Fellowship (1987-88); Grand Prize Winner, Higashikawa Festival of Photography, Japan (1985); Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1978, 1982); and the National Endowment for the Arts Photographers Fellowship (1980).


This High Line Art Commissions are presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. In-kind sponsorship for this series is provided by Edison Properties.

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