Argentiere Glacier 03, Acceleration Structures series 2018-2022
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“Acceleration Structures” continues his project to reveal unseen parts of the world, through an innovative form of ‘cameraless photography’ called ‘photogrammetry’. Dan Holdsworth’s “Acceleration Structures” allows us to see Europe’s most sublime landscapes in radically new ways. He reveals the structures of three Alpine glaciers that artists have attempted to capture for centuries, namely Argentière, Bossons, and Bionnassay. These three-dimensional wireframe models are created through a combination of intense fieldwork where the artist documents every square foot of a particular area; and through a pioneering use of high-end software that correlates the measurements of each patch of land between them. From these measurements, the artist can create a model of the site in virtual space. Holdsworth asks how humans have shaped and will reshape the land with a forensic eye; and yet “Acceleration Structures” offers a kind of poetry of data that is completely unique to our time. This work is entirely of the twenty-first century; and yet remains rooted in the history of photographic explorations of our planet. “Of course, digital artefacts stay the same forever. I like the fact that an NFT is part of an interactive archive of the artworks in which collectors can participate more actively.” Dan Holdsworth Blockchain technology enables secure transfers while clearly tracing the provenance and ownership. Regarding Holdswoth`s approach I see great potential making use of this highly innovative form of representation of a work of art.
For over 20 years, the British artist Dan Holdsworth has been blending art, science and nature to produce works which challenge our perceptions and reinvent the notion of landscape. Holdsworth was born in 1974 in Welwyn Garden City, England. He studied photography at the London College of Printing (1998), and has exhibited internationally including solo shows at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Southampton City Art Gallery, and Barbican Art Gallery, London; and group shows at Tate Britain, London, Denver Art Museum, and Centre Pompidou, Paris. His work is held in a number of major collections including the Tate Collection, Saatchi Collection, The Denver Art Museum Collection, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, DZ Bank Collection, Frankfurt, Museum of Modern Art Vienna, The Rolls-Royce Art Collection, The Audemars Piguet Art Collection and The UBS Art Collection, Zurich.