Stained Ground

Taewon Jang
Industrial plants: cathedrals of the modern era
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Ominous, overwhelming, and harshly lit at night—Korean photographer Taewon Jang (1976 in Seoul) puts industrial plants at the center of his work. He documented abandoned steel factories, nuclear reactors, cooling towers, storage containers, or briskly working oil refineries to depict the traces of humans’ effort to survive in modern era. Residential buildings seem tiny in comparison, and the overall scale has obviously shifted.
Jang prefers to show us these industrial landscapes in the gray of the dawn, or the red of dusk, by moonlight, in fog or snow; sometimes he shifts a gnarled tree into the foreground, but despite—or perhaps precisely because of—these potentially romantic, idyllic topoi, the viewer senses an uncanny, apocalyptic mood. Large, apparently deserted industrial plants dominate the horizon, yet moving backhoes, cranes, and conveyor belts give the impression they might have a hazardous life of their own.

Contributions by Suejin SHIN, graphic design by Andreas Platzgummer, ed. Suejin SHIN, Markus Hartmann

Publisher: Hatje Cantz

Size: 310 x 255 mm

168 pages, 77 illustrations

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More Information
ISBN 13 9783775737845
Publisher Hatje Cantz
Signed Copy No
Date Published 2014
Dimensions 310 x 255 mm
Edition 1st
Binding Hardcover
No. of Pages 168
Image Count 77
Available for Pre-order? No