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Six photographic images documenting sculptural work of the Canadian visual artist Noel Harding
The art of Noel Harding "questions the relationship between nature and technology and man's social and ecological existence. Deliberately theatrical, often monumental in scale and incorporating new technology, [his pieces] explore the visual properties of materials seldom used to create sculpture. Harding's highly personal vision encompasses natural elements in a surprising manner. The artist's fascination with organic and synthetic systems of living allows us to experience nature in an unprecedented way."
-John Bentley Mays
is an award-winning writer on contemporary architecture and visual art.
Airports are exhibition spaces in transition as transient junctures. These photographs like the traveler, gather together momentarily at the gate before continuing. As portraitures these photographs of Harding's installations capture a fleeting display of sculpture acting in and on the world.
Each photograph documents and unites a poetically fanciful, whimsical vision underpinning a dynamic of human systems. From commodity to consumption a romance for nature 'lost' is suggested in juxtapositions of the natural, the artificial and the technological. Conceptual impact is rooted in unconventional gestured constructions each formed to interrogate humanity's relationship to technology and the environment.
Noel Harding, is an international Canadian artist recognized for monumental scale public art projects. His works can be found in numerous collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Le Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels and The Hara Museum, Tokyo. Harding has been featured in more than 70 solo shows and included in over 100 group exhibitions throughout the world.