Palmenhaus, 2015

Digital C-Type Print

119 x 81 cm

 

Impossible Plants

 

 

 

Impossible Plants is a series of photographs about the tropical biospheres in and around Berlin, and the lengths that these immersive greenhouses go to cultivate exotic plants in displays of absurd mimicry and elaborate construction.

Berlin, being situated in Northern Europe, cannot naturally support plants from warmer climates, so building great glass-top domes and running artificial heating all year round is essential to maintain the appropriate environment.

Impossible Plants records the efforts to create and control these alternative worlds in details such as a thinly camouflaged fuse box, a welded A-Frame built for a collapsing palm and a tourist lost in an artificial desert.

Despite the obvious humour, the environments are far from a paradise of pure imagination and this work is a colourful reminder of humankinds constant drive to collect, classify and display what it deems exotic and desirable.

 
 
 
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Impossible Plants installation view,

Junior Space Gallery, 

65 Smith St, Melbourne, Australia.

7th - 20th September 2017

 

Exhibition guide download

Exhibition essay download

 

 
 
 

Hidden Agenda 1, 2016

Digital C-Type Print

70 x 48 cm

Birdhaus, 2015

Digital C-Type Print

70 x 48 cm

 
 

Impossible Plants installation view

 

Low Light, 2015

Digital C-Type Print

70 x 48 cm

 
 
 

The Tourist, 2014

Digital C-Type Print

70 x 48 cm

 

Impossible Plants installation view

 
 
 
 

Blue Bird, 2015

Digital C-Type Print

70 x 48 cm

 

Impossible Plants installation view

 
 
 

Southern Sea, 2015

Digital C-Type Print

70 x 48 cm

 
 

Support Structure 1, 2015

Digital C-Type Print

39 x 29 cm

 
 

Impossible Plants installation view

 

Beach Wear, 2015

Digital C-Type Print

70 x 48 cm

 
 
 

Bird Noises, 2015

Digital C-Type Print

48 x 70 cm