A Huangshan Mountain Range in the Lower West Side of Manhattan

Darren Almond’s Fullmoon@The North Sea

I’m gradually making my way through photos of my New York trip. I took over 800+ photos. Trust me, it’s going to take me a while but I’m going to try to post them before the end of the year (Operative word: TRY). In the meantime, I figured it would be nice to highlight some memorable sightings.

While visiting The High Line, I saw Darren Almond’s photograph of a Huangshan mountain range (in China) as a foreground to the Lower West Side of Manhattan. It’s pretty hard to deny an incredibly serene landscape with Manhattan in the background. Can’t really ignore either one, which is exactly why this installation works. It has an incredibly contrasting effect. For inhabitants of both environments, they’re both equally strange and overwhelming.

Darren Almond’s Fullmoon@The North Sea

Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, networked culture, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently the managing editor for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” has been published to The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture in 2016. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Art and New Media department.

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