Tagged: J. G. Ballard

Concrete Island – An Opie Ballard

A picture of concrete from Catherine Opie and J.G.Ballard.

Untitled #27 from “Freeway” series 1994, Platinum print.  Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles ⓒ Catherine Opie.

‘Shielded by the high embankment the still air was heated by the afternoon sun. A few cars moved along the motorway, their roofs visible above the balustrade.’

Untitled #2 (1994), Platinum print, 2 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles ⓒ Catherine Opie.

‘The apex of the island pointed towards the west and the declining sun, whose warm light lay over the television studios at White Qty. The base was formed by the southbound overpass that swept seventy feet above the ground. Supported on massive concrete pillars, its six lanes of traffic were sealed from view by the corrugated metal of splash guards installed to protect the vehicles below.’

Untitled #26 from “Freeway” series, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles ⓒ Catherine Opie.

‘The sound of engines drummed ceaselessly through the tunnel of the overpass.’

Untitled #11 from “Freeway” series, 1992  Platinum print; 40 x 30″ 1995, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles ⓒ Catherine Opie.

‘Shielding his eyes from the sunlight, Maitland saw that he had crashed into a small traffic island some two hundred yards long, and triangular in shape, that lay in the waste ground between three converging motorway routes.’

Freeways

“Untitled #11 (Freeways)” by Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles ⓒ Catherine Opie.
Words By J.G.Ballard, Concrete Island, (Harper Collins 2009)