Constructions of Landscape, Work in Progress 2
Massimiliano Gatti, David James Grinly, Daniele Sambo
Rather than the constant preoccupation of rural landscape, these artists are exploring the constructed landscapes that surround us everyday. Through models of the ideal in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, the evolution of the form of a Scots town, (in this case Alva in Clackmannanshire) and nocturnal images of gardens hidden between the tenements of Glasgow, these works unravel the ideas of professional landscape designers, town planners and the environmental-anarchist within each of us.
The Work in Progress series is an annual season presenting the photography of artists working for sustained periods with Stills' production facilities and residency programmes in order to raise awareness of the caliber of the artists’ works and to encourage their collection.
Massimiliano Gatti (1981, Italy) has a bachelor degree in Pharmacy and graduated in Photography at Cfp R. Bauer, Milan. His main focus of research is the Middle Eastern territory and is the lead photographer for the archeological mission in Middle East (2008 – 2011 in Qatna, Syria and from 2012 in Iraqi Kurdistan in the PARTeN project). Gatti’s practice focuses on documentary photography and his research spans from the ancient history exploration of ruins and past traces, to the observation of the complexity of contemporary reality. www.massimilianogatti.com
David James Grinly (1981, UK) studied at Dundee University, and works as a photographer and teacher. He recently produced a book entitled ALVA.
Daniele Sambo (1983, Italy) received a BSc in Urban and Landscape from IUAV University of Venice and a MDes in Photography at Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow in 2011. Now based in Glasgow, Sambo is a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and his most recent exhibition includes You are the company in which we keep with the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. www.dansambo.com
Image credit 1. The Back Road (2011 – 2013) David James Grinly. Courtesy the artist.