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ABOUT THE WORK
During a 2019 visit to a marble quarry in northern Italy, Chris Coleman took several hundred photographs from the rim and from deep inside the man-made chasm. The photos were used to reconstitute the hole in the earth using software and cartesian coordinates.
The dissection of the planet is particularly evident in the case of marble quarries, where they carefully remove the diamorphic stone in precise rectangular blocks using water-cooled ropes covered in diamonds. It is a violent action on the landscape that can only happen because of humans and their grids of control.
DEMORPHIC by Coleman takes the negative space of the quarry and rebuilds it data point by data point, almost as if it is drawing all the missing marble back to the hillside. But it cannot happen; the marble has been cut, carved, and shipped around the world. Somewhere at an ocean villa, it has been formed into a pissing cherub and somewhere else into a McMansion countertop. Our million-year habit of taking what is buried and strewing it about is quickly leading to a world we cannot live in. Perhaps we should stop.