Silent Landscapes Elipsis Gallery is pleased to announce Silent Landscapes, the first solo show of renowned Spanish photographer Jose Maria Mellado to be held in Turkey, from 12 January until 1 March 2012. Committed to the study of landscape with a special concern for the urban-industrial aspect, Mellado’s work evolved from harsh contrast, derelict, black & whites to large-scale color landscapes that have a powerful mood and atmosphere instantly recognizable within his work.
In his cities, his use of color, the cold tones, the stain grey contrasting with highly saturated blue, green or ochers obtain a certain sensation of unreality which is underlined by the unnerving lack of human presence in the scenery of contemporary architecture. In his distant landscapes once again there is very little proof of human existence, only through structures do we sense the connection. There is a certain wilderness to each terrain. They instantly seem beautiful yet unsettling. In between reality and fantasy. May it be an orange hut in volcanic territory, a backdrop of waterfall in the jungle, uninhabited mansions or a petrol station in the middle of nowhere. They are somewhat eerie and part of a mystery, or a story from the past. What seems real is that, eventually nature always takes over.