Known for his seamless digital creations, New York–based artist Anthony Goicolea‘s photographs bring together familiar elements from various locations around the world that have become synonymous with urban settings. Dilapidated buildings, ominous skyscapes, and industrial wastelands merge to construct unsettling apocalyptic-like landscapes.
Appearing as sci-fi visions of the future, monochromatic, large-scale, black-and-white photographs from Goicolea’s Almost Safe series display what appear to be the remains of a war or environmental catastrophe. While the moody skies add to the bleak setting of concrete and rubble, they also reference the works of northern European Romantic painters such as Caspar David Friedrich. Similarly, Goicolea alludes to early-nineteenth-century American landscape painting by depicting the few inhabitants of his digitally crafted spaces engulfed by their surroundings.
Also on view are colourful landscape photographs from Goicolea’s Once Removed series. The works were created in 2008 when Goicolea received a grant to visit Cuba, his family’s homeland, for the first time. The artist admits to feeling “a strange sense of nostalgia for something I have never been a part of or experienced directly.” The lush photographs still reflect a strange emptiness; hints of his family history left behind.