The virtuosic landscapes of Hobie Porter explore the fraught and fractured relationship between modern civilisation and the natural environment. Rendered with microscopically detailed trompe l’oeil, the paintings conjure the notion of environmental catharsis and transformation while, paradoxically, questioning the concept of sustainability and humanity’s intoxication by our own consumption. The artist overlays his precarious landscapes with ostensibly inconsequential and elusive objects, microcosmically conveying the complex relationship between these tiny elements and the larger landscape. In the works, clouds are a recurring motif for intransigence and impalpability and, by comparison, the ever-present reality of our mortality is reflected back. Yet while exploring anthropogenic notions of loss and neglect, Porter’s paintings also poetically point towards transcendence and redemption.
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