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 (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, 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 serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

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