• THE CITY OF NAMARA by Robert G. Achtel presents an American city somewhere between reality and fiction, poetry and pulp, through six composite photographs meticulously created from the artist’s own architectural studies. The citizens are nowhere to be seen, yet it's the human drama presented in each piece that pulls the viewer into a thrilling game of excess and despair. On the surface, Namara alludes to a period of architectural upheaval when the standards of Modernism were questioned, if not rejected, by a new school of Architects. At the end of the 1960s, the truth had become all but relative, and this new age was reflected in the architecture - irony, seduction, and profitability - the greatest party of all time. But, not everyone was invited.

     

    Through his imagined architecture, artist Robert G. Achtel subtly reflects upon existential human themes such as love, loss, sexuality, and addiction, while the confluence of the built environment and the natural create a seemingly idyllic, yet sardonic view of American consumer culture. The works are instantly arresting due to a unique photo-graphic design process, a meticulous hybrid of analog and digital methods, and their striking compositional continuity. For this presentation the artist has shared many of the source photographs used to construct each piece for the first time, providing an entertaining insight into his process and vision. Further background and biographic references can be found at the end of the presentation.

     

    WELCOME TO NAMARA!

     

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    PROLOGUE / OCEAN'S END2020
    LightJet chromogenic print in Walnut frame
    25 ¼  x 33 ¼ in.  /  64 x 84 cm
    Edition of 12 plus 1 AP
    $ 2,400  /  € 2.400
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    THE FIX2020
    LightJet chromogenic print in Walnut frame
    25 ¼  x 33 ¼ in.  /  64 x 84 cm
    Edition of 12 plus 1 AP
    $ 2,400  /  € 2.400
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    THE CALL2020
    LightJet chromogenic print in Walnut frame
    25 ¼  x 33 ¼ in.  /  64 x 84 cm
    Edition of 12 plus 1 AP
    $ 2,400  /  € 2.400
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    JEALOUSY2020
    LightJet chromogenic print in Walnut frame
    25 ¼  x 33 ¼ in.  /  64 x 84 cm
    Edition of 12 plus 1 AP
    $ 2,400  /  € 2.400
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    THE GATEWAY2020
    LightJet chromogenic print in Walnut frame
    25 ¼  x 33 ¼ in.  /  64 x 84 cm
    Edition of 12 plus 1 AP
    $ 2,400  /  € 2.400
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    VALENTINES2020
    LightJet chromogenic print in Walnut frame
    25 ¼  x 33 ¼ in.  /  64 x 84 cm
    Edition of 12 plus 1 AP
    $ 2,400  /  € 2.400
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  • Robert G. Achtel, (German, b. 1980)

    Robert G. Achtel

    (German, b. 1980)
     
    It was a Vegas trip in 2008 that initially inspired what would eventually become "The City of Namara". In the old Vegas far from the strip, artist Robert G. Achtel found a dubious yet magical place where the demise of Modernist ideals and the rise of postmodern concepts still lingered in the dusty air. Having closely studied the work of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Achtel had found a lead worth pursuing, a larger story about society and modern life, reflected in the architecture of the American roadside.
     
    "Glass facades reflect the opposite side of the street, but they also reflect the hopes and fears of the society from which they originate."
     
    Coming from a prolific and awarded background as a graphic designer, it's easy to recognize the influence of Achtel's tradecraft in his artwork. A game of shape and color, light and shadow, surface and space - impossible photographs composited using thousands of reference images the artist made across Nevada, Florida and California. 
     
    "The City of Namara" is a place of contradictions, where the promises of postwar America still resonate, yet at the same time, realities of postmodern life take the stage, with isolation and emptiness being a dominant theme. It’s no coincidence; initial photography took place during the recession of 2009, a time where countless commercial buildings were left abandoned, many of them vanishing within the following years.
     
    To create this perpetually sun-drenched yet dark memento of late 20th century America, Achtel has developed a unique process, a meticulous hybrid of analog and digital methods. As a result, Namara, like the outskirts of those urban oases from which its components originate, feels simultaneously real and artificial like "a movie set without the movie.” The artist lives and works in Wiesbaden, Germany. 
     
     
     
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