Earth Series
in collaboration with Laura Wagner
2017 Pigment Print and Pencil on Paper 76,2 cm x 111,76 cm (30" x 44")

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Earth Series at 'Gravity's Peacock: Johann Lurf & Brice Bischoff'
MAK Center for Arts & Architecture Garage Exchange at the Mackey Garage Top, Los Angeles in November 2018

Created by forces, dancing in space, colliding, mass merging, form multiplying, sculpting through physics the celestial body.
The earthen body is mapped, observed, inhabited, and imaged. Vienna-based artist Johann Lurf’s Earth series (in collaboration with Laura Wagner) took a closer look at this body’s depiction throughout the history of cinema. Using film stills, the diverse spectrum of this archive presents earths created and imaged by the movie industry: earths created and imaged before the actual earth was ever observed from space; earths created to be imaged after the famous Blue Marble photograph taken by Apollo 17 astronauts; earths created and imaged through vivid, virtual illustration in recent film. Groupings of the film stills in the Mackey Garage Top revealed common misconceptions and curiosities, which are difficult to perceive in the context of the moving image projection. Evolving methods of image composition and technology show changes in the face of earth over time. Corresponding quotes from the respective film scenes in which the earth appears were displayed, opening the field of narration to individual frames in addition to the greater compositional groupings.
MAK Center Los Angeles, November 2017

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Cosmic Zoom
Photo © Joshua White

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One Sun
Photo © Joshua White

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Waxing Crescent (Detail)
Photo © Joshua White

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Pearls I (Detail)
Photo © Joshua White

Film & Form

Earth Series at 'Gravity's Peacock: Johann Lurf & Brice Bischoff'
MAK Center for Arts & Architecture Garage Exchange at the Mackey Garage Top, Los Angeles in November 2017
Sculptures by Brice Bischoff