Thanks to Hyperallergic’s An Xiao for this article about Yau Lu’s landscape photographs:

But as I looked closer, I noticed that what was supposed to be an ink painting was actually a photograph. Yao carefully adjusted the image on Photoshop to create the semblance of a shanshui painting, down to little details like a red chop for the artist’s signature.

They are actually images of landfills, dumps, and rubble. The green netting is a common sight at these places.

Chinese landscape painting uses shifting perspective in order to allow the viewer to imagine walking through the landscape. By disguising these junkspaces as traditional majestic landscapes, the artist kind of tricks the viewer into strolling through these places where no one would want to stroll. Brilliant and beautiful.

This is our new landscape. The Fresh Kills Landfill is bigger than the Great Wall.

Yao Lu, "Mountain Trek" (2009)

"Mountain and Straw Houses in the Summer" (2008)

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