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FOUNDATION STONE

Ilan Rabchinskey

2013 - 2016

Mexico

Foundation Stone takes geology and the mineral kingdom as the central themes of a reflection on how human beings perceive that which is timeless and represents a form of unconditioned existence.

Through the creation of images of primitive matter as well as geological landscapes I explore the concept of "the ordering principle of matter" that scientists and mystics alike have searched for throughout the centuries.

I am interested in what has historically been called the "mineral kingdom" because it exists in a much more extensive time than that of the human species, and also for its close relationship to the primal chemical elements, the building blocks of the physical dimension of reality.

The most visible and immediate representations of chemical compounds are minerals. The atoms of a mineral are arranged in a repetitive pattern that expresses itself in complex and uncanny angles and proportions. This form of pre-cultural and inorganic existence shows a mathematical perfection that, to some, might reveal the mark of a cosmic intelligence manifest in all matter.

With the photographs of caves and grottoes intervened in situ with light, I wish to speak about geological processes which we perceive as extremely slow compared to the speed of human cycles. The geological landscape that took millions of years to form has only very recently interacted with humans. During the creation of these images, points of light form an ephemeral grid that is superimposed for a few minutes over an ancient canvas, suggesting the brief encounter of man and planet and generating a non-lineal representation of human and geological history.

As for the piece titled 120,00 light years, it is a handmade reproduction of the Milky Way created by placing lime deposits on a large black cloth. After this meticulous process the textile was illuminated and, once photographed, it was shaken so that the thousands of particles that formed its image dissipated in the air.

Foundation Stone is the result of a research process that has brought me to photograph a range of subjects, from mineral specimens millions of years old in a studio to geological landscapes in Mexico, the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica.

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  • Diptic #1 Pahoehoe Lava. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

  • Diptic #2 Pahoehoe Lava. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

  • Carbon #4. Through the process of pyrolysis pure charcoal is obtained form a piece of wood. The remaining object is an elemental structure formed of carbon.

  • Trapezohedron. Quartz form Chihuahua, Northern Mexico.

  • Seven Metal Ore. Stone composed of seven different metals found in the desert of San Luis Potosi, northern Mexico.

  • Selenite. Uncut selenite from northern Mexico.

  • Pyrite #1. Natural intersecting pyrite cubes from Navajun, Spain, with an estimated age of 130 million years.

  • Forge. Cacahuamilpa National Park caverns.

  • Bismuth #1. When molten bismuth cools, the metal crystallizes in naturally forming complex geometry with a multitude of facades and colors.

  • Bismuth #2. When molten bismuth cools, the metal crystallizes in naturally forming complex geometry with a multitude of facades and colors.

  • Bismuth #3. When molten bismuth cools, the metal crystallizes in naturally forming complex geometry with a multitude of facades and colors.

  • Bismuth #4. When molten bismuth cools, the metal crystallizes in naturally forming complex geometry with a multitude of facades and colors.

  • Totem. With the photographs of caves and grottoes intervened in situ with light, I wish to speak about geological processes which we perceive as extremely slow compared to the speed of human cycles. The geological landscape that took millions of years to form has only very recently interacted with humans. During the creation of these images, points of light form an ephemeral grid that is superimposed for a few minutes over an ancient canvas, suggesting the brief encounter of man and planet and generating a non-lineal representation of human and geological history.

  • Cave. Tabasco, southern Mexico. With the photographs of caves and grottoes intervened in situ with light, I wish to speak about geological processes which we perceive as extremely slow compared to the speed of human cycles. The geological landscape that took millions of years to form has only very recently interacted with humans. During the creation of these images, points of light form an ephemeral grid that is superimposed for a few minutes over an ancient canvas, suggesting the brief encounter of man and planet and generating a non-lineal representation of human and geological history.

  • Grotto #1. Cacahuamilpa National Park, central Mexico. With the photographs of caves and grottoes intervened in situ with light, I wish to speak about geological processes which we perceive as extremely slow compared to the speed of human cycles. The geological landscape that took millions of years to form has only very recently interacted with humans. During the creation of these images, points of light form an ephemeral grid that is superimposed for a few minutes over an ancient canvas, suggesting the brief encounter of man and planet and generating a non-lineal representation of human and geological history.

  • Grotto #2. Cacahuamilpa National Park, central Mexico. With the photographs of caves and grottoes intervened in situ with light, I wish to speak about geological processes which we perceive as extremely slow compared to the speed of human cycles. The geological landscape that took millions of years to form has only very recently interacted with humans. During the creation of these images, points of light form an ephemeral grid that is superimposed for a few minutes over an ancient canvas, suggesting the brief encounter of man and planet and generating a non-lineal representation of human and geological history.

  • Grotto #3. Cacahuamilpa National Park, central Mexico. With the photographs of caves and grottoes intervened in situ with light, I wish to speak about geological processes which we perceive as extremely slow compared to the speed of human cycles. The geological landscape that took millions of years to form has only very recently interacted with humans. During the creation of these images, points of light form an ephemeral grid that is superimposed for a few minutes over an ancient canvas, suggesting the brief encounter of man and planet and generating a non-lineal representation of human and geological history.

  • 120,000.00 Light Years. 120,00 light years is a handmade reproduction of the
    Milky Way created by placing lime deposits on a large black cloth. After this meticulous process the textile was illuminated and, once photographed, it was shaken so that the thousands of particles that formed its image dissipated in the air and the cloth remained vacant once again.

  • Caldera. A pool of water reflects the sun in a pahoehoe lava formation in the Galapagos Islands.


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