anthropocene: google maps reinterpreted as persian rugs
apr 03, 2013
anthropocene: google maps reinterpreted as persian rugs


‘anthropocene’ by david thomas smith
fimiston open pit, kalgoorlie-boulder, western australia, australia, 2009-10
80 x 120cm, 120 x 180cm: lambda digital c-type print
150 x 225cm: fine art pearl archival pigment print
image © david thomas smith

 

 

david thomas smith

the copper house gallery, dublin

march 21st to april 16th, 2013

 

 

dublin-based artist david thomas smith has created a series of images composited from thousands of thumbnails extracted as screen grabs
from google maps. the photographs are then reconstructed piece by piece using photoshop to produce such incredibly detailed images,
drawing upon the patterns and motifs used by persian rug makers. ‘anthropocene’ reflects upon the complex structures that make up the
centres of global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer
culture information and excess. the plethora of seemingly insignificant coded pieces of information are sown together like knots in a rug
to reveal a grander spectacle – creating a collision between the old and the new, fact and fiction, surveillance and invisibility, contrasting
the global order of things.

 

 

burj dubai, dubai, united arab emirates, 2009-10
lambda digital c-type print
80 x 120cm, 120 x 180cm: lambda digital c-type print
150 x 225cm: fine art pearl archival pigment print
image © david thomas smith

 

 

beijing international airport, beijing, people’s republic of china, 2009-10
lambda digital c-type print
80 x 120cm, 120 x 180cm: lambda digital c-type print
150 x 225cm: fine art pearl archival pigment print
image © david thomas smith

 

 

 

delta coal port, vancouver, british columbia, canada, 2009-10
lambda digital c-type print
80 x 120cm, 120 x 180cm: lambda digital c-type print
150 x 225cm: fine art pearl archival pigment print
image © david thomas smith

 

 

las vegas, nevada, united states of america, 2009-10
lambda digital c-type print
80 x 120cm, 120 x 180cm: lambda digital c-type print
150 x 225cm: fine art pearl archival pigment print
image © david thomas smith

 

 

 

las norias de daza, almeria, spain, 2009-10
lambda digital c-type print
80 x 120cm, 120 x 180cm: lambda digital c-type print
150 x 225cm: fine art pearl archival pigment print
image © david thomas smith

 

 

 

1000 chrysler dr, auburn hills, MI, united states, 2009-10
lambda digital c-type print
80 x 120cm, 120 x 180cm: lambda digital c-type print
150 x 225cm: fine art pearl archival pigment print
image © david thomas smith

 

 

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