The German’s photographs of landscapes share a geometric beauty with the work of Mondrian
Bernhard Lang’s photographs play cruel jokes on their viewers. They invite us on a sky-high journey to marvel at our wild and wondrous planet, only to send us crashing back down to the cold hard floor of facts.
His photographs of the tulip fields of Keukenhof in the Netherlands are sobering antidotes to Monet’s tipsy waterlilies and Van Gogh’s intoxicating white roses. Flowers, those ultimate motifs of the romantic imagination, are here contained by human hand, mass farmed in fields drawn as if by supersize rulers. If they bring to mind any artwork, it is the clinical geometric abstraction of Piet Mondrian.