Ohne Titel (Parkplatz), Düsseldorf, 2007
Gefeller leads us into a tension-field between reality and fiction, making such sights visible that are impossible to see with the naked eye, that is, without artificially manipulating the reality of the scene itself. In Supervisions, Gefeller reads the traces that society leaves behind, awakening curiosity in the viewer about the utilization and history of the portrayed urban »habitats«.
The viewer is further led to associate these sights with spy-satellite imagery. The title Supervisions consequentially refers to the restrictions of one’s own private realm provides the series with additional depth. Gefeller not only presents over-view perspectives, he also contextually points to how modern Man is overseen and supervised.
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Andrey Belkov, A fork, 2011I live in a superfund site. So do you, no matter where you live. Despite environmental laws older than I am and the migration of U.S. heavy industry overseas, the toxic impacts of modern human life touch every inch of the U.S. And it’s not just the U.S., it’s North America, it’s Asia, it’s Antarctica, every inch of everywhere really — even the organic detoxification spas across California. Welcome to the Anthropocene, or “age of man.”
We move more earth and stone than all the world’s rivers. We are changing the chemistry of the atmosphere all life breathes. We are on pace to eat to death half of the other life currently sharing the planet with us. There is nothing on Earth untouched by man — whether it be the soot from fossil fuels darkening polar snows or the very molecules incorporated into a tree trunk. Humanity has become a global force whose exploits will be written in rock for millennia.
~ David Biello @ Los Angeles Review of Books