Pratt Institute’s GradComD Gallery is pleased to present “Slow Landscapes,” in which artist Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo turns to nature, inspired by its time, its speed, and its presence. We have lost the ability to see small changes around us so do we even notice that natural systems are in constant flux? Does the fastest moving glacier in the world, at 3 meters a day, seem to be in motion? While we rapidly descend snowy runs, do we realize nature is everything but static? Lawson Jaramillo challenges us wondering how often do we allow ourselves to be still, and observant?
This exhibition is intended to be a retreat from the city in which it’s exhibited. An interactive video installation, digitally and physically layered photographic works, and videos of seemingly still landscapes are each an invitation for the viewer to disconnect from the city, slow down, and reconnect with nature. To be. And to be still.
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo is a Brooklyn-based Colombian digital artist whose recent work investigates the fine line between moving and still images. Through digital and physical layering in her photographs, and time and space manipulation in her videos, she slows viewers’ sense of time by protagonizing the everyday as defined by transient space and making them aware of their own quotidianity. Lawson Jaramillo has exhibited internationally including the Museums of Modern Art (Bogotá and Medellín), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Exit Art (NYC), Giacobetti Paul Gallery (Brooklyn) and Point Ephémère (Paris.) She has self-published Of and In Cities and Cross Urban (with K. Fruchtnis.) www.cynthialawson.com
The artist would like to thank her studio assistants Lisa Lee, Cristobal Oltra, Jessica Posner, and Maya Weinstein. She would also like to acknowledge the financial support of Parsons’ School of Design Strategies, and an equipment loan from Parsons’ School of Art, Media & Technology