Trajectories.

Photographs by Robbert Flick. Edited by Tim B. Wride. Essays by Michael Dear and David L. Ulin.
Steidl/LACMA, New York, 2004. 304 pp., 225 color illustrations, 11½x11¾".



Publisher's Description
Robbert Flick's work extends the same visual, philosophical, and theoretically fertile tradition set by the highly influential and iconoclastic Robert Heinecken. But while Heinecken's emphasis can be said to rely on the manner in which images function within the intersection of popular culture and the fine arts, Flick has characteristically concentrated more intently on the artifactual, conceptual, and receptive properties of photography-specifically landscape photography. The distinctive retinal and conceptual strength of Flick's work has been evident since his early essay-format images of the 1960s. In his more recent digital work, he extends his participation in the critical discourse established around the interpretation, evaluation, and assessment of visual constructs related to the landscape. And yet, this movement has only become possible through a conceptual transition from a position of creating unique objects to an emphasis on interactivity and multiple access using still and moving images that allow for the work's insertion into the broader socio-political arena where the application defines the discourse. Trajectories traces the artist's career from the 1970s to the present, providing the opportunity to examine his visual development while also charting the conceptual and philosophical impact of contemporary culture on landscape, cultural geography, and technology.

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