An exhibition by David Lieberman
23 October to 1 December 2012
The Alchemist’s Garden created by architect and artist David Lieberman comprises a series of large scale digitally created landscapes and a video composed of the same scenes. For Lieberman, landscape is never static. Our understanding of its composition and intent continually changes and evolves depending on how a site is occupied and used. Lieberman uses digitally painted gardens and landscapes to explore this idea as they can be manipulated in order to present opportunities for access and intervention. Ultimately for Lieberman, landscape, like architecture, should be understood as a performing rather than a fine art.
Above right : David Lieberman, La Femme du Lac "mirroring the soul", 2010. Above: David Lieberman, The Alchemist's Garden to navigate the River Styx, 2010.
The landscapes, in both the print and video versions, are dotted with a series of structures which Lieberman describes as alchemical instruments. As we move through his constructed landscapes, spaces shift and unfurl, views are framed and transitions are mediated. Simultaneously, the landscapes morph temporally, topographically, and geographically. The experience of site depends on time of day, seasonal difference, climatic changes, and the fictive archaeologies of histories past and of futures as yet unwritten. Lieberman has purposely punctuated his garden with alchemical instruments so that they may act as enabling mechanisms to transform both space and experience and to create moments of pause and transformation.