Materials:C-type photographic print
Physical Object Description:C-type photographic print of mountains with small bright light source. Signed verso
Dimensions:60 x 75 cm
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2013/14
Ownership history:Purchased from Ancient & Modern by the Contemporary Art Society, 9 January 2014; presented to Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Lakeland Arts Trust, 2014
Relationship:Caroline Douglas Bruce Haines Gallery (Ancient & Modern), London Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
Disco no.7 is from a series of dramatic photographs of mountain-enclosed valleys in Switzerland, illuminated only by the dazzling flash of a magnesium flare set off by the artist. The Disco series demonstrates Hefti’s preoccupation with technology and its process, which he exploits to produce dramatically beautiful images which trigger associations with the sublime and picturesque traditions in art.
There is an intensely theatrical, almost transcendent, quality to Disco no.7, which places it in the same exalted realm as sublime landscapes painted by artists represented in the Abbot Hall collection, such as JMW Turner, Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, JR Cozens and Joseph Wright of Derby.
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