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The 'Provisional Futures' Collection Depicts Utopian Island Structures

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Published: • References: kwag and theglobeandmail
Artist Tristram Lansdowne's 'Provisional Futures' exhibition is a collection of paintings that depict island-like utopias set in the distant future.

In a time when population increase, climate change and the depletion of natural resources is prompting dark themes amongst artists, Lansdowne takes a different approach by harnessing the shapes of modernist architecture to imagine how humans, flora and fauna might co-exist without being detrimental to each other.

The 'Provisional Futures' collection features several of the floating islands that have become a trademark of Lansdowne's work. Creations such as glass domes and concrete platforms mingle with mountains and cliffs.

Lansdowne says he uses islands to contain his utopian visions because islands represent a closed-off environment where "you can set up a batch of variables and allow them to play out, which is kind of the utopian premise."