Übersee remains the
perfect place to discover visual pearls amid modern design’s flotsam.
And, as always, it’s free of both advertising and trends. With sunshine
in their hearts, our Übersee specialists have sought out a number
of seasonal entries, absurdities in anything from pastel to technicolour,
which both depict and subvert the lazy, crazy days of summer. Photography
receives generous coverage without pandering to snapshot aesthetics.
Jeff Wall-inspired, hyper-realistic beach landscapes meet artificial
postcard motifs with a jaunty light-heartedness. But this picture-perfect
idyll is also broken up by darker works and topics such as the seaside
viewed from a shark’s perspective, military-looking beach scenes and
obscure collages. Martin Parr, famous for his razor sharp views of the
(usually British) collective soul beyond fetching beach blonde clichés,
focuses on the topic in an interview.
together with a large number of graphic design submissions, his concise
words complete the overall “summer” theme. As different from each other
as the works collected in this issue of Übersee might seem at first
glance, all of them are suffused by the unique lighting and mood that
only the hottest time of the year can bring.
by R. Klanten, H. Hellige, M. Mischler, S. Ehmann
24 x 30 cm