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Wonderland is an abandoned structure left over after funding was cut on another of China’s legion of newly developed tourist attractions. The project first began in 1998 but with developers and local farmers still unable to reach an agreement over the rights of the land, the discarded structures of the half built theme park have remained dispersed and vacant throughout empty cornfields for over a decade. The aim of the Wonderland developers was to create the biggest theme park in Asia, set to cover 120 acres of land. Adopted by the locals, these dilapidated skeletons now exist as unconventional playgrounds within the town. Concrete objects that somehow become more remarkable due to the ever-present option of a direct comparison, between reality and representation.
Trapped in limbo, a hybrid space between the ‘real’ and the artificial, this environment induces a sense of transformation or manipulation that appears to permeate and displace the realm of fantasy. Tamed by the locals, the uncompleted remnants of Wonderland become the antithesis of everything it was supposed to be, its value altered permanently.
I am an artist living in London. I graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design with a First class BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art. I am currently completing my Masters in Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. I also work as a Freelance Photographer/Filmmaker. Please contact me if you would like to talk about a commission.
Grant Cornett grew up looking out at the world from the windows of small planes. Texas born and bred, Grant now lives in Brooklyn where he has been a photographer for ten years. He likes to take pictures of pristine detritus and austere moments. He keeps his own account of things at thelivest1.tumblr.com.
“Growing up deep in the verdant bosom of Bryan,TX, art came as natural to Keith Davis Young as sitting on porches and catching lightning bugs. After picking up a degree from Baylor University and getting his fill of fluorescent lighting, boardrooms, and 5 years in ad agency experience, he struck out on his own as a full-time freelancer.
Now specializing in design, photography, and bear hugs.
His photographic work has been featured in many interesting publications, including but not limited to magazines like Vice, Frankie, Mint, Huh, Slice, Positive, The Photo Album: Vol. 1, Shashin Collective, Tell Mum Everything is Ok, Austin Monthly as well as less tangible destinations like Triangle Triangle, Booooooom, The Quiet Life, and the Shashin Collective. He currently enjoys the hell out of being based in Austin, Texas with his english bulldog, Moose. He will gladly have a beer with you.”keith davis young
Born in Shanghai
----To my distant youth and Utopia.
Countless moments when I pressed the shutter, my eyes ran over with tears. In those images, I, the kid without hometown, finally saw my nostalgia.
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