National Parking is an ongoing series of digital paintings, photographs, videogames, and other media. It explores connections between the institutions of art gallery and national park. As destinations, both offer transcendent experience in a public setting and derive authority or importance from notions of beauty. The work’s representations of landscape simultaneously celebrate and question the idealization of nature in art. Nature is presented as a construction, a product of human perception and action. National parks, iconic of the natural beauty of America, are shown to require a great deal of maintenance and infrastructure toward their production of particular experiences of nature. Likewise, the gallery space, often valued for an apparent absence of contextual noise, is implicated as a mediated environment with specific rules governing the experiential possibilities within its walls.
- Daniel Tankersley, dantank.com