Extinction Ballads 

Photographic Collages from found footage images
2021


Installation view Landesgalerie Burgenlandi, 2021  (photo: Kerstin  Kremser, KBB)
Fine Art Print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth, framed (125x75cm)

“The digital works include found-footage footage of recently extinct or endangered plants. Michaela Putz translates the evidence of former diversity into a transfiguring baroque aesthetic, interrupted only by the smudgy traces of the often inconsequential scrolling we find on our tablets and smartphones. In the work, the artist refers to a conspicuously invasive-destructive element of human action as well as to the increasingly evident futility of fleeting ‘gestures’.” (translated from a text by Esther Mlenek)

Orgiastic images for dying species. A visual ballad about what will have been. - We live in abundant times. There is more than enough it seems, a steady growth of population, production, products. But then, we know this is not true. We live in baroque opulence while glaciers are melting, insects are dying, and countless species are about to go extinct. Our attempts to save them fail while we still try to entertain ourselves. Scrolling, swiping, tapping our phones to watch what is left. This is where they will end. As images and data. Images of a nature that became a well documented stranger. Soon to be memorized online, consumed on our screens.
 
 
Archival Fine Art Prints |  Limited Edition 

UV-Prints on PVC Foil










Installation view Salzamt Linz (exhibition with Simon Lehner and Flavia Mazzanti, 2021,
in cooperation with Bildrecht, Ars Electronica Festival and Salzamt | UV-Prints on PVC-Foil





Installation view Salzamt Linz (exhibition with Simon Lehner and Flavia Mazzanti, 2021,
in cooperation with Bildrecht, Ars Electronica Festival and Salzamt | UV-Prints on PVC-Foil




Studio portrait Michaela Putz  © Michèle Yves Pauty 2021





















2021
© All works are under the
copyright of Michaela Putz