"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.
And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you"
"L'enfer, c'est les autres"
In a world constantly shifting and morphing, The Clique Artists bring forth "Brutal Realms", a series that firmly grounds its viewers in the raw, unrefined realm of concrete. Harnessing the formidable presence of this foundational material, "Brutal Realms" is a visual journey into the rugged landscapes of human-made stone. At its core, "Brutal" delves into the juxtaposition of organic and man-made, the delicate and the durable. By manipulating photographs with the dense texture of concrete, this series reshapes our perception of the familiar. What once seemed soft is rendered hardened; what was transient now feels eternal.
Each piece in "Brutal Realms" is a testament to the power of transformation. Images that once resonated with life and fluidity are reimagined with a brutalist touch, presenting a stark contrast that challenges the viewer's understanding of permanence and fragility. The gritty texture of concrete overlaid on each photograph not only alters its aesthetics but also infuses it with a weighty significance.
Beyond the visual impact, "Brutal Realms" stands as a commentary on contemporary society. In an era where urbanization encroaches upon nature, and concrete jungles expand their dominion, this series raises pertinent questions about resilience, endurance, and the human footprint. It serves as a reflection on our environment, both constructed and natural, and the delicate balance between the two.
With "Brutal Realms", The Clique Artists have crafted a series that compels its audience to confront the solidity of their surroundings. This collection invites viewers to touch, feel, and engage with the texture of the world, challenging them to find beauty in the starkness and to appreciate the strength inherent in raw, unpolished realities. Dive into the world of "Brutal Realms" and let the tangible roughness of concrete textures reshape your vision, offering a fresh lens to perceive the world and our place within its rugged embrace.