17 December 2008


A few months ago photographer Frank Breuer was in New Zealand to exhibit some work and talk about his cool, typological surveys of seemingly banal subjects, such as shipping containers, warehouses and power poles. Working methodically in series, his images manage to extract an enigmatic poetry from these otherwise generic scenes.

In one of his talks he mentioned that he often explores sites in advance on google maps. Excellent! We had been looking for a good excuse to present the colossal colour-field abstracts we have long admired, stacked up in some of the world’s major freight yards. So here is ANTWERP, LOS ANGELES, LIVERPOOL, KOWLOON, TOKYO, SYDNEY, and TAURANGA.

Image: Frank Breuer, Untitled, 2005, (1578 Antwerpen)

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Art from Space is an exploration of art-related phenomena that manifests in interesting ways on Google’s aerial maps. It is also an experiment in curatorial practice; collecting, presenting and contextualising items in ways that users can explore, free of curator-imposed framing and sequencing. This blog is Art from Space’s developmental musings made public, where items are introduced to the project in real time, rather than awaiting the grand unveiling of a completed exhibition. Specific locations of interest are highlighted in CAPS and linked to a map for further exploration. Visit the mother ship HERE.