LUKE SATTLER | DESIGN + ART DIRECTION
LUKE SATTLER | DESIGN + ART DIRECTION

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URBAN DUALITY: REDUX · NATURE · Process + Final Image II

For my second image I began exploring urban discontent and captivity through handmade and traditional collages. Human silhouettes as characters feeling a growing sense of constriction and claustrophobia within the urban landscapes they occupy, architecture and inescapable abundance of technology that surrounds them. Yearning for a sense of freedom, a return to simplicity and a reconnection with nature, boxes appear before them acting as portals or doorways to the untouched wilderness, natural terrains, wide open spaces and liberation.

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URBAN DUALITY: REDUX · NATURE · PROCESS + FINAL IMAGE I

Cities are insular by design, the organic is in constant conflict with the inorganic, they were built to separate us from the elements and the natural world which is actively kept at a distance. However, it is from this natural world we were formed and during moments of uninterrupted stillness when we at times feel most connected to ourselves and our surroundings. 

In this second part I aim to create doorways between these two worlds, to visually explore the complex relationship modern society has with nature through collage, how far we’ve advanced socially and technologically for better or worse, but also how far removed we now are from our origins, how we still long for these earthy roots.

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URBAN DUALITY: REDUX · STATURE · PROCESS + FINAL IMAGE II

For my second image I wished to showcase the concerns of the common consumer and the pursuit of the material against those in harsh conditions where the primary pursuit is survival. Strikingly these vastly different experiences can run closely next to one another underneath the umbrella of the same city. 

I began doing a little experimentation with collage, but rather quickly a distinct image came to mind and decided to fully pursue it. I am continually amazed with instances of people queuing up for the release of a new product or the latest version said product, to be one of the first to acquire such unessential luxuries, even if they now have a less recent version of the same or similar product. It runs directly parallel to images of the less fortunate captured lining up to get a basic meal or night’s lodging while their continuing existence comes comes into question every day. 

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URBAN DUALITY: REDUX · STATURE · PROCESS + FINAL IMAGE I

Some millennia’s ago the philosopher Plato remarked that ‘any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.’ 

I believe this is as true today as it was when it was originally penned. With this quote in mind, in this first part I aim to visually explore the timelessness of this commentary of the great divide of classes and their living conditions by contrasting displays of immense wealth and grotesque excess against scenes of severe poverty and deprivation. 

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