Originally a landscape painter, Blondes’ last 12 years have been devoted to making high definition films ranging in length (to date) from 9 to 76 hours. The preoccupation of these films is the point at which landscape and time meet. (This will make sense to anyone familiar with his painting as his primary instinct has always been to watch, wait and record en plein air the subtleties of nature at play in any given landscape.) As Drs Bray and Ede observed in their essay on his work: “Although Blondes is still the mediator…, film provides [the viewer] with such direct exposure to his subject that it is as though a veil has been lifted. Nature has essentially been brought inside our domestic space and because we see landscape out of its normal context, the viewer is even more acutely aware of it. Watching the films, time seems to pass inexorably slowly with the effect that one is transfixed when at last we see some movement in the landscape.”
Note: These are not the actual films but a selection of 20 second segments with no transitions excerpted from the original works.
ARCHIVAL PIGMENT PRINTS
For these prints, Blondes takes a still from (usually) each minute of his film and presents them in a consecutive grid format from top left to bottom right. The images shown here are each details from the prints.