Samuel Haitz, Eloise Hawser, Charly Mirambeau, Gina Proenza, Christian Robert-Tissot, Mariana Tilly, Marion Verboom and Wendy White: ... it doesn't get better than this
25 August14 October 2023




Yellow and blue, lilac and blue, green and blue, grey plus blue, green plus green, grey and green. We’ve seen it in every possible depiction, in old-timey postcards from the last century, in advertising brochures; landscapes cropped, in extreme compositional gymnastics, as a fabricated and saturated depiction of sunshine – grass – ocean – mountain – lake. The postcard isn’t intended to aCcUrAtEly depict any scenery (what medium does anyway?). Instead, it presents a snapshot of a perfect moment in time — a polished, fixed gaze into the type of places we long to be in. Somedays we crave cold ocean waves hitting our shoulders, getting dragged around at sea, punch-drunk in salty water. These are the sort of landscapes in which, observed from the top of a cliff, a rampant semi-circle separates the immense blue from the hot sand, and white foam appears in successive rows rushing to the coast line. For the ones lucky enough to grow up near such places — albeit in perpetual fear and respect of chaotic oceanic coasts — a tingling, vivid memory of temperature shock* is in order.

The key element here is growing up near, in, or around: it must mean