Tony Coleing

Unknowns in the Time of Climate Change

26 July - 23 August 2014

exhibition essay

Where are we heading? Into what strange landscapes?

"Everyone is still trying to work it out", says Tony Coleing.

His latest series of digital prints contemplate the unknown. Floating fractal forms, superimposed onto photographs of sea and sky and ground, are suitably ambiguous. Alien space ships? New species? Weather events? Portals into another world? Mountains unmoored from the earth's crust?

The mysterious forms in Coleing's prints are in fact extrapolated from photographs of landscape. They are land- scapes taken to digital extremes; inverted and rasterised.

In a time of climate change, natural environments are rapidly transforming - rainforests extending into savannas, tundras becoming grassy fields, islands drowning one by one. But exactly what awaits us around the corner is hard to pin down.

Coleing presents us with spectres of our future, hovering, just out of the reach of words.

Where are we heading? Into what strange landscapes?

"Everyone is still trying to work it out", says Tony Coleing.

His latest series of digital prints contemplate the unknown. Floating fractal forms, superimposed onto photographs of sea and sky and ground, are suitably ambiguous. Alien space ships? New species? Weather events? Portals into another world? Mountains unmoored from the earth's crust?

The mysterious forms in Coleing's prints are in fact extrapolated from photographs of landscape. They are land- scapes taken to digital extremes; inverted and rasterised.

In a time of climate change, natural environments are rapidly transforming - rainforests extending into savannas, tundras becoming grassy fields, islands drowning one by one. But exactly what awaits us around the corner is hard to pin down.

Coleing presents us with spectres of our future, hovering, just out of the reach of words.