spanish artist pejac introduces his latest environmentally focused art installation: land adrift. this time he has placed an old-fashioned water well in the open seas of the atlantic. installed offshore from his native cantabria in northern spain, the piece reflects the artist’s worry about the land and sea that are tirelessly going adrift.
 
an old well in the middle of the atlantic signals the end of days pejac land adrift
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pejac presents another one of the ‘unlikely but theoretically possible’ scenarios, a repeated concept in his practice. in land adrift, the artist uses the universal symbol of a healthy community and the literal source of life, placing it in the middle of high seas to create a disturbing mirage of a potential post-apocalyptic future.

 

the timing of this work is not accidental. pejac presents it almost one year to the date since the unprecedented ‘world scientists’ warning to humanity: a second notice‘, a letter issued and signed by 15,000 scientists from around the world in november 2017.  

an old well in the middle of the atlantic signals the end of days pejac land adrift

 

 

this motif was last seen at his latest solo exhibition where the very same stone well was installed atop a water barge moored on the seine in the heart of paris. with ocean waves hitting it, birds flying around and curiously examining it, and big industrial ships passing close by (all of which are recurring motifs in artist’s oeuvre), the alarming unedited footage capturing this piece in situ continues his video work introduced with the short movie heavy sea from 2016.

an old well in the middle of the atlantic signals the end of days pejac land adrift

 

 

continuously working towards pointing out at the frightening pace at which humans are irreversibly affecting the planet, pejac once again steps away from his easel and studio to create a surprising, reality-twisting intervention.

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