Michael Najjar "void space" 2016, from "outer space" series
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 series here.
“void space” shows the 58m tall, 137m wide and 31m large assembly hall at Europe´s CSG spaceport in French Guiana. Inside this building an Ariane 5 launcher rocket is taking shape. A launch campaign begins in this facility with the positioning of Ariane 5’s core cryogenic stage over the mobile launch table. The two solid booster stages are then mated on its sides. The core stage is topped off with one of the upper stages and with the Vehicle Equipment Bay. The whole integration process takes about four weeks, after which the launcher is transferred to the Final Assembly Building to receive its payload. “void space” was photographed shortly after the Ariane 5 rocket left the building. The artwork focuses on the enormous complexity of the 80,000m3 architectural structure needed to work on multiple horizontal and vertical levels to build the vehicle. The structure includes three main and dozens of secondary mobile levels. By showing the assembly hall without its object of desire, the work conceptually shifts the void - the obvious absence of the significant - into the center of perception. It’s a stage without an actor that allows viewers to see something previously hidden to their eyes. Here the stage itself becomes the actor.
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.