Video based on Caspar David Friedrich’s painting “The wanderer above the sea of fog”, one of the icons of the XIX century Romanticism Painting, where a man stands upon a rocky precipice with his back to the viewer. The screen is a frame. It establishes the limits of what is inside and what is outside, what is shown and what is hidden. In this video, the original painting has augmented its limits and expanded its frame in height, width and depth. Around the original painting, the landscape has been reconstructed digitally to cover the surface. The cracks of the original painting have been restored and the colour balance altered. “Zoom out” expresses the spirituality through the contemplation of nature and diminishes the strength of man in the larger scale of life. Compared to contemporary iconography, based on fragmented images and contradictory messages, “Zoom out" looks to nature at its finest, and makes ordinary life small and insignificant compared to the grandeur of that nature.
Artist: claRa apaRicio yoldi
Production year: 2014
Catalogued as: APPROPRIATION, DIGITAL POSTPRODUCTION, HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY, SPIRITUAL/RELIGION, EXPANDED PAINTING, LANDSCAPE/ARCHITECTURE