Marie-José Jongerius, The Magic Tree

Edges of the Experiment | Sierra Nevada (CA), 2007
Archival pigment print on fiber baryta paper, framed, museum glass
Print size: 120 x 150 cm / Edition of 8

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Marie-José Jongerius, The Magic Tree

Marie-José Jongerius examines the unease between man and nature in a melancholic tale told by trees...

The Pacific, Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, dreamers have long felt a kinship with America’s south west. Dutch photographer Marie-José Jongerius relocated to L.A. in 1999, intent on capturing the faces behind Hollywood and its pretenders, but found a different story in the unease between man and nature … the greenery in the desert; settlers attempts to reconfigure the landscape.

The Magic Tree comprises seven large format photographs that tell this melancholic tale, and is currently showing on native turf; Amsterdam’s The Ravestijn Gallery. Here Jongerius’s trees — foreign imports dependent on man in this hostile environment — form the narrative, they the endearing lead role. Tamed, untamed, the survivor of a forest fire, strangers to an extreme landscape at odds with itself, fighters … are the trees in this story that different to the actors, directors and writers Marie-José set out to document?

Marie-Jose Jongerius, The Magic Tree, runs until 27 February at The Ravestijn Gallery.

Marie-Jose Jongerius

Edges of the Experiment | Joshua Tree #1 (CA), 2002
Archival pigment print on fiber baryta paper, framed, museum glass
Print size: 120 x 150 cm / Edition of 8

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Edges of the Experiment | Taft (CA), 2008
Archival pigment print on fiber baryta paper, framed, museum glass
Print size: 120 x 150 cm / Edition of 8

Marie-Jose Jongerius

Edges of the Experiment | Claremont (CA), 2004
Archival pigment print on fiber baryta paper, framed, museum glass
Print size: 120 x 150 cm / Edition of 8

Marie-Jose Jongerius, The Magic Tree at The Ravestijn Gallery Amsterdam

Edges of the Experiment | Twentynine Palms (CA), 2002
Archival pigment print on fiber baryta paper, framed, museum glass
Print size: 120 x 150 cm / Edition of 8

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