Michael Najjar "space garden" 2013
hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom made aluminum frame
132 x 202 cm | 52" x 80", edition of 6
67 x 102 cm | 40.2" x 26.3", edition of 6
From "outer space" series 2011-ongoing
Read about the series here.
Based on photographs taken at the Eden Project, a complex of artificial biomes in Cornwall in the south of England, “space garden” visualizes the idea of future greenhouses in space. The giant multidome greenhouse is related to Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic structures and houses over 100,000 plants collected from all over the world. “space garden” explores the idea of how research undertaken by Eden Project could one day help in installinga biome on a spaceship or a space station – or even in creating an autonomous ecosystem, a habitat for plants on the Moon or on Mars. It also questions how zero or microgravity affects the growth of plants. Plants can grow even when not rooted in soil; they always grow in the direction of the light.
The artwork is a highly complex digital montage and recomposition of the many photos the artist took at the Eden Project. The pictures were stitched together so as to make the plants float in the air, and grow towards the two opposite light sources. The hexagonal geodesic structure behind the plants underscores the fact that all plants in space have to grow in an artificial atmosphere.
Michael Najjar belongs to that vanguard of artists who take a complex critical look at the technological forces shaping and drastically transforming the early 21st century. Najjar’s photo and video works exemplify and draw on his interdisciplinary understanding of art. He fuses science, art, and technology into visions and utopias of future social orders emerging under the impact of cutting-edge technologies. Najjar’s pictorial language of form and content guides the viewer into a complex construction of simulated reality which is generated by the montage of multiple image sources and elements. He removes the photographic image from its historical viewing conventions and resituates it in a fundamentally new mode of perception. His work is grouped in thematic work series and distinguished by its supreme technical precision, innate sharpness, and highly artful reinterpretation of reality.