The project continuously and methodically operates in an effort to maintain a slice of the urban landscape; the hedge. Ghostrider is equipped with the means necessary to create and maintain the ideal specimen.
The projects incorporate an intentionally overstated measure of technology to explore the very role that technology plays in the culture in which we live. More specifically, the works – in its fantastical amplification of the technology’s use in the everyday – examines how this technology (communications, chemical, genetic) is used to control the environments we inhabit; as a means of making things more convenient, more comfortable, more aesthetic.
It reflects the reality of our culture’s interest in controlling and shaping the natural environments around us, and in this work the creation and maintaining of the finely shaped hedge. The absurdity through which this is obtained contrasts the reality of our culture, but only in the margin of its additional efforts. The excessiveness nature of the work reframes the reality outside of it, creating a moment in which the familiar is thrown into question and is seen again.
“Robert Hengeveld at Eyelevel Gallery”. Lizzy Hill. Akimbo, April 30, 2013. (Link)