David Blandy

1976 UK
Based in London

David Blandy’s short videos are adapted from famous landscapes by the 19th century German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. Into these ‘living paintings’ he inserts a pixelated male figure – the artist’s alter-ego.

With a melancholy soundtrack playing the background, the solitary figure wanders through Friedrich’s haunting landscapes, amid ruins and ice, through misty mountains, and past a shipwreck on a beach.

Lost innocence

The videos remind us that we exist in a fundamentally altered reality; we are immersed to an ever-growing degree in a digitally mediated world, where we have become estranged from nature and have perhaps lost our faith in originality and authenticity. Old-world ideologies no longer have a place in the contemporary age.

Computer game backdrops

Blandy mines his material from a variety of personally relevant cultural sources, from hip hop and soul music to computer games.

An avid player of computer games back in his student days, Blandy noticed a similarity between Friedrich’s landscapes and the backdrops of computer games. In his videos, Blandy transforms Friedrich’s sublime landscapes into virtual battlegrounds.

Instead of portraying fighting, however, the videos convey a sense of melancholy, loneliness and loss.

The work was originally commissioned by Daata Editions.

Artworks

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Ice
2015
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Ruin
2015
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Mist
2015
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Moon
2015
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Sea
2015
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Sunset
2015

More info

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Twitter: @davidblandy

David Blandy