Georg Kuettinger’s photographs perch uneasily on the border between reality and fiction. The Munich-based artist’s images—-now on display at Project 4 Gallery—-are big and bold, with a highly reflective coating and dimensions as wide as 106 inches. He makes them by digitally stitching together and repeating portions of several photographs taken at a single location, producing sweeping—-but faux—-landscapes. Not all of the images are equally impressive, but a number are stunning—-an aerial view of a patchwork of farmland in shades of beige, aqueous blue and pale yellow (top); multicolored log-like shapes laying on the ground in orderly patterns; and a grand sweep of Yellowstone-style geothermal landforms. But the works’ titles—-each of which is based on a specific location in Spain, the Netherlands, France, Turkey, Germany, Portugal or Italy—-clash with the otherworldliness of the artist’s vision. Perhaps for this reason, the most abstracted image in the bunch (below) is the most intriguing. It’s a blank, apparently snowy scene dotted with a few clumps of fuzzy-looking trees. The placement of the trees on a gently rolling elevation suggests a female body at rest, rendered with a winning dreaminess.
The exhibition is on view noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday to March 17 at Project 4 Gallery. Free.