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Photographer's Showcase: The Garden by Pipo Nguyen-duy

05-06-A-01. 2004 -- Pipo Nguyen-duy

We are happy to present The Garden by Pipo Nguyen-duy on the Photographer's Showcase.

The Garden is a series of photographs taken in a number of abandoned greenhouses in Ohio. Unmaintained and slowly falling apart, these once controlled spaces of human cultivation are slowly being overtaken by the natural world. Unchecked by a human hand, vines, trees and grasses have grown in these once orderly structures -- interior spaces once meant to replicate an idealized version of outdoors. With time, these structures are becoming it. They are strange intermediate spaces, originally man-made, now overcome with nature.

02-10-D-02.2010 -- Pipo Nguyen-duy
Photographing the greenhouses over a matter of years, Pipo's work shows the changing of the seasons. The foliage shifts color, snow covers the ground and the remaining windows, and the spaces continue to transform, as the foliage that first adorned these man-made structures slowly takes over. But we never lose sight of the greenhouse. Pipo's images feature the peak of the roof in center frame, creating a tension between the formal symmetry of the structure and the wildness captured inside. Though remote, the human presence is also never far away, felt not only in the structure itself, but also what has been left in the greenhouse – a bed, a car, slowly disintegrating bales of hay. These were once places of human organization and control, a representation of man's power of cultivation, now abandoned.

03-20-B-03.2004 -- Pipo Nguyen-duy

These landscapes are ripe with metaphorical meaning. For Pipo, these greenhouses represent the ruins of a paradise lost: "Metaphorically, The Garden is an inquiry into the Garden of Eden as an abandoned site. As if from the perspective of a natural scientist or archeologist, I have become increasingly intrigued with the idea of the abandoned greenhouses as a future relic of a man-made Garden of Eden."

09-10-B-01.2004 -- Pipo Nguyen-duy

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For additional information about Pipo Nguyen-duy's work or to acquire a photograph, please contact the gallery at (505) 988-5152 x202 or by email.