Bastard Countryside

@ Friend, Robin

978-1912719044

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Bastard Countryside collects together 15 years worth of exploration within the British landscape, dwelling on what Victor Hugo called the bastard countryside: « somewhat ugly but bizarre, made up of two different natures ». Friend's large-format colour images scrutinise these in-between, unkempt, and often surreal marginal areas of the country, highlighting frictions between the pastoral sublime and the discarded, often polluted reality of the present.

Starting from a classical landscape tradition, Friend's meticulous 5x4 photographs are given heightened effect through exaggerations of colour and composition, embodying friction between British pastoral ideals and present reality. In particular, Friend follows moments in which the expected narrative of the landscape is rudely interrupted: often through leakage, pollution, or the wreckage and containment of nature.

In his accompanying essay, writer Robert Macfarlane describes Bastard Countryside as « a vision par excellence of our synthetic modern nature– produced by assemblage and entanglement rather than purity and distinction ». Contained within Friend's photographs are « hard questions […] about what kinds of landscape one might wish either to pass through or to live in; about what versions of modern nature might be worth fighting for, and why. » "

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104 pages - Hardcover

Loose Joints, 2018

Format : 24 x 27 cm

New - Mint condition

Friend, Robin

Robin Friend is a British photographer dividing his time between a fine art practice and commissioned work.. In 2018 he publishes his first photobook "Bastard Countryside" with Loose Joints, a collection of 15 years of images exploring the British landscape. In 2021, still with Loose Joints, he publishes "Apiary", as he continues to explore the surreal and sinister haunting of the British landscape. His work has been exhibited in galleries and fairs globally, ranging from Aperture Gallery, New York, Christies, Paris, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. © Portrait taken from the artist's Twitter profile
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