WARD ROBERTS

Courts

Sunday, 20 September 2015 19:11

tag: courts | minimalism | pastel | photography | urban | ward roberts

Neatness, stillness, even warmth. Sensations not commonly associated to city landscapes, yet strongly dominant in Courts, a photographic series by the New York-based conceptual artist Ward Roberts.

Courts is a compendium of empty athletic fields and playgrounds, surrounded by colourful highrises and devoid of those human actors which, as is usual, crowd in such venues. Detached from the routine of the surrounding city environment and deprived of their canonical function, these sites uncannily become self-contained microcosms, with their own latent story to tell.

The juxtaposition of bright pastel tones, along with the symmetrical composition and the minimalist features are the kingpins of Courts’ innovative aesthetic, which closely recalls the color field, hard-edge paintings that characterised abstract art during the 1950s and the 1960s.

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