“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” — William Gibson, Neuromancer

The city of the future: dense, frenetic, and endless. Be it sustainable or abominable, it does not escape said description. With rural population under fifty percent, urban centers continue to grow at an exponential scale. Future projections indicate that the trend will only continue. Here begins the dichotomy between the urban and rural, the clash between nature and technology. We contemplate a future generation complacent with technologies, a generation that severs all ties with the old notion of the sublime. Previously the sublime, as defined by western philosophers before the nineteenth century, is the moment in which the individual surrenders oneself upon confronting the vastness of nature. Taking into account recent techno-industrial progress of the twentieth century, we have created the perfect environment to redefine the notion of the sublime; something that is only possible by means of our own creations, which suppress its predecessor in scale and ambition. Cities, their architecture, and the technology that animates them are the new source of the sublime. Enter sublimate sculptures: a visual interpretation of that sentiment.

Using a large format camera with a 4″ x 5″ negative I register the tension between the architectural sculptures and surrounding space. A metaphor suspended between dyes and paint captured at the precise moment before complete dissolution. Instants that only a machine can reproduce. Through these images I invite the audience into this dialogue to define the sublime in the times to come.

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Guillermo Cano is a Colombian photographer based in New York. He studied Photography at Parsons School of Design. Trough his focus on the formal qualities of space and light in the built environment, he establishes an elegant simplicity in his photographs and video.

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