Brad Temkin 的系列作品“水之状态”（The State of Water）延续了艺术家的长期项目，该项目将人类与环境的关系引入受关注的焦点。 特姆金的水图像表露了我们通过科技和基础设施来尝试处理与水的脆弱之关系。通过他的创造性图像，特姆金向我们展示了维持我们的生活、健康、农业、旅游、贸易和工业生产等的这一重要元素——水的各种抽象的状态。
— Steven Evans
“Water is the driving force of all nature.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Brad Temkin’s monumental series The State of Water continues the artist’s long-term project that brings humanity’s relationship with the environment into sharp focus. Temkin’s images of water expose our attempts to navigate our fragile relationship with water through technology and infrastructure. Through his inventive images, verging on the abstract, Temkin shows us the various states of this vital element that sustains our lives, health, agriculture, travel, trade, industrial production, and more.
71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water. Water also exists in the air as vapor, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers. Only 2.5% of this is fresh water with the rest as saline and ocean based. Only 0.007% of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 7 billion people. We need water to survive yet we take it for granted.
Most storm water runoff is considered waste; yet more than 700 cities reclaim wastewater and storm water, recycling it for agricultural uses and human consumption. As we mimic nature and separate the impurities like sludge or salt or chemicals, a transformation occurs. I am interested in bringing attention to the visual and ecological beauty of this transformation and showing the inventiveness in infrastructure and architecture no one ever sees. I am attracted to the strangeness of these forms and the distorted sense of scale and color, embracing the abstract, surreal landscape of water reclamation.
The State of Water continues my attention on our relationship with nature—how we appreciate and accommodate it, and how it accommodates us. By showing beauty in all states of water from sludge to pure, my intent is to encourage the viewer to ask his or her own questions, advocating the importance of our most valuable resource.