“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.

40"x50" Digital C - Prints © 2008-2013





Guillermo Cano Pérez was raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He lived there until adolescence, with an intense curiosity he sought refuge in the books his grandfather gave him about the innovative cities and idyllic landscapes of Asia, imagining the same promise of a better future for Bogotá. At eighteen, he moved to his birthright of New York City to study photography at Parsons School of Design. Enamored with his new home city full of possibilities, Cano professionally trained within the high-powered arenas of art and fashion. He set out to explore the faraway places he read about in his youth, traveling across Europe and Asia discovering urban worlds so starkly different from his known Western counterparts. Through his focus on themes related with progressivism, architecture and urbanized growth, Cano has created a personal language that balances intense complexities with subtleties of space.

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