Firoz Mahmud (b. Khulna) was based in Tokyo and now in New York. He was at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, did MFA from Tama Art University, PhD on Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Tokyo, Japan. He works on installation, photography, painting and mixed media.
View From Above
mixed-media, video installation, performance
September 19-20, 2015
Opening Reception: September 19th, 6-9 pm
Open Hours: Sunday September 20th 2-6 pm
The exhibition presents works dealing with the aerial perspectives of a landscape. One approach is to find new ways of transforming and rethinking the all-inclusive view from above created by a drone camera. A mixed-media installation appears as a ruptured landscape, which doesn’t offer any geographical data or orientation but turns into surreal and disorienting tableau. Similar interest of displacing the drone technology motivates video projections, showing a vision of a drone’s camera creating sublime spaces in the border between virtual and real. Other works consider the aerial perspective in regards to the physical reconstruction of waterways, and its impact on territory lines.
For this exhibition, the artist presents a multimedia installation which also functions as living stage for performances. Diffraction of light passes through a shallow water basin and layers of acrylic mirror to unearth an abstract moving photomontage cast as a reflection onto the wall. The light reflection reveals the process of environmental degradation, land reclamation, and shifting boundaries, thus metaphorically holding more weight than the physical material distorted by the artist. The result is a phantasmagoric experience, leaving those suspended in time with a “view from above” to contemplate how humans interact with the earth’s surface.