David LaChapelle, best known for his vivid, surreal fashion photography, ventures into landscape art in his latest series of works, simply called Land Scape. The collection is made up of two related sets of works, Refineries and Gas Stations, both of which feature handcrafted scale models constructed of recycled consumer detritus. Included among the array of materials are hair curlers, drinking cans, measuring cups, baseballs, pencils and straws -- petroleum-based, disposable artifacts of consumer culture.
"The sites depicted...represent the globally networked industrial infrastructure of oil production and distribution," writes Shana Nys Dambrot in the press release. "The gas stations and refineries that populate iconic locations are staged as architectural avatars of a planet coping with the stresses of peak-oil -- even as the buildings’ dazzling spectacle and retro-future aesthetic distracts from the dangers of their function."
The photos in Refineries, seen above, were shot in the deserts and along the coastlines of California. Enveloped in a surreal light, the images shine in an otherworldly fashion that entrances and repels in equal measure.
Land Scape is showing at Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC until March 1.