DECADE Duo: Elger Esser and Victoria Sambunaris
Elger Esser’s Ameland Pier X, Netherlands, 2000, and Victoria Sambunaris’s Untitled (White trains on salt flats, I-80, Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah), 2002—both featured in DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012—are stark images of landscapes divided by a clear horizon line.
Elger Esser’s photographs often depict bodies of water, including the Frisian Islands off the north coast of Holland visible in Ameland Pier X, Netherlands. The artist deliberately removes any evidence of human presence from his works, inviting the viewer to imagine the vastness of the landscape, including the sights, sounds, and smells of what he has captured through his camera’s lens.
Victoria Sambunaris’s Untitled (White trains on salt flats, I-80, Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah) is a photograph of the Great Salt Lake Desert, which the artist took during a solo journey across the American West. In this and many of her other works, Sambunaris presents the intersection between man and nature, revealing how industry has forever changed the natural landscape.