The Edge Effect.

If I want to talk about unique ways of seeing places in the world, than I must definitely present the artist Daniel Kukla. For about a month, the Brooklyn-based multi-discipline artist lived alone in a cabin in the northwest corner of California’s Joshua Tree National Park. The result of his time spent there was a photo project that reflects the beauties of the desert.

Daniel Kukla explains his work saying:

In March of 2012, I was awarded an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself. 

“As you drive through the park, you’re surrounded by impressive landscapes on all sides,” he said. “But the view differs depending on which direction you look. At dusk, all I could see in front of me was a dark night falling, but the rear-view mirror still held a beautiful sunset.”

The project consists of photographs that Daniel Kukla took of the breath-taking desert with large mirrors that he placed in the middle of the environment. The mirrors blend into the lanscape, looking like a window into another world. A simple yet perfect idea.

Joshua Tree National Park was awarded an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service.

More of his work on:  Daniel Kukla

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