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    Richard Galpin’s Viewing Station

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    Richard Galpin makes these fantastic abstract pieces, derived from his own cityscapes photographs. They aren’t collages; rather, each piece is made entirely by erasing parts of the photograph.

    He took the logic of artwork by erasure and applied to to a sculptural piece on New York City’s High Line. The piece, entitled Viewing Station, utilizes a specially designed and constructed viewport that creates a frame for the viewer.

    From the artist’s website:

    The piece functions in a manner similar to his cut photographs, but will use the view from one point on the High Line as its raw material. Park visitors will look through a viewing apparatus, lined up with a metal screen from which geometric shapes have been cut. Precise alignment of these two devices with the buildings behind them will transform what is seen. By blocking some details of the nearby buildings and revealing others, the artwork will make them appear as optically flattened elements in an abstract composition.

    Link via Broken City Lab

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