Reuben Wu

Story An Uncommon Place

© Reuben Wu

“An Uncommon Place” is an attempt to convey my relationship to landscape and artifact. It is a perpetual search for unfamiliar terrain and an ongoing personal project.” – Reuben Wu


─── Elizabeth Kahn, January 4, 2021

American artist Reuben Wu‘s science fiction-inspired landscape pictures introduce us to a world of surreal and ethereal beauty made of endless colors and electric light.

Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty by reuben wu - An Uncommon Place
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From rugged, volcanic calderas, to endless pastel-hued plains, Wu’s arresting renderings, though seemingly otherworldly, portray the diverse topography of the very planet that we call home, which, when viewed through his lens, assumes an unfamiliar, esoteric identity, thus imparting his considerable ingenuity and skill

Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty by reuben wu - An Uncommon Place
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Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty, made of endless colors and electric light, by reuben wu
Courtesy of Reuben Wu
Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty, made of endless colors and electric light, by reuben wu
Courtesy of Reuben Wu


RW:
“In my visual work, I am driven not just by the urge to create imagery, but by a desire to explore new places as if they were unknown territory, constantly open to serendipity and with an eye for the unnoticed and the hidden.”

Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty, made of endless colors and electric light, by reuben wu
Courtesy of Reuben Wu
Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty, made of endless colors and electric light, by reuben wu
Courtesy of Reuben Wu
Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty, made of endless colors and electric light, by reuben wu
Courtesy of Reuben Wu


RW:
“Photographs, like music, can create an echo of a time and a place. To me, my images are more than pictures. They are fragments of memory and imagination.”

Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty, made of endless colors and electric light, by reuben wu
Courtesy of Reuben Wu
Science fiction landscape picture in world of surreal and ethereal beauty, made of endless colors and electric light, by reuben wu
Courtesy of Reuben Wu


All images © Reuben Wu

 

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