LA Photographer Martin Cox Opens Solo Show Amidst Iceland's Growing Art Scene
This summer, Los Angeles-based, UK-born photographer Martin Cox will open an ambitious solo exhibition, Far Away Right Here at the Husavik Museum in Iceland. Many of the photographs that will be on exhibit stem from Cox's month-long residency at the Fjuk Art Center in Husavik Iceland in 2016. While in residence in Husavik, Cox explored the climate and created a series of images that were inspired by the landscape and history of Husavik.
His key project, is a large, site-specific photo collage, an image of the local harbor in Husavik, made of hundreds of hand printed photographs that he shot in various light and weather conditions. Cox tells a visual story of the port, its trades, and activities; weather, mountains and light are major characters. He extends time in this work by including old photographs from the museums own historic archive showing activities in the port from long ago. The future is represented by including images of local children, photographed by their parents. Mostly completed in his studio in LA, the final images of the collage will be added as work is mounted in the museum.
Cox has acknowledged the influence that growing up in the port town of Southampton, England, an industrial location and its adjacent country of Hampshire has had on his work. Coupled with his explorations of the deserts surrounding Los Angeles, Cox remains fascinated and inspired by the silence, distance and geography of these compelling landscapes.
A counterpoint to the collage, Cox will also present a series of almost monotone landscapes depicting surrounding valleys. His series Snjorteikning (Snow drawing) looks at the extreme minimalism in the nearby landscape under heavy snow that was specifically shot when conditions of the snow laden sky transformed the vista.
Scale and colour are investigated in a third project of twilight photographs of the banks of snow plowed up into heaps to keep the town's streets clear. As twilight sets in, Husavik's own street lights provide the vibrant lurid and varied colour temperature and direction of light to illuminate these partially man-made creations.