A Bridge Too Far

Brooklyn-based artist and programmer Clement Valla, whose work is featured over at the French website Fubiz, got his start working as architect; you can see his personal artistic evolution in his series Bridges, which takes cropped images from Google Earth to transform iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge into distorted, surreal structures that are almost impossible to recognize. “When my programs run their course, inherent contradictions and absurd situations result from the very structure of the system itself, producing unfamiliar artifacts and juxtapositions,” he explains. “Like an anamorphic projection, my programs produce distortions that reveal their own underlying logic, but also point to the system as it functions when we fail to notice it — when it works conventionally.”

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