Sunrise #5/ Sunset #5, 2009

Miami Beach 2014
Stephen Friedman Gallery
C-print, diptych
Catherine Opie Sunrise #5/ Sunset #5, 2009 C-print, diptych Each: 127 x 95.3 cm / 50 x 37 1/2 inches Framed: each: 129.9 x 98.1 cm / 51 1/8 x 38 5/8 inches Edition of 5 + 2 AP 'Twelve Miles to the Horizon: Sunrises and Sunsets' documents the artist's journey on a Hanjin cargo vessel as it travelled across the Pacific Ocean, from Korea to California.  Opie documented each sunrise and each sunset whilst living on board the ship for the 11 days that it took to make the journey. These evocative and breathtaking photographs re-claim the genre of landscape photography for the 21st century.  The vista, anchored by the same line of horizon in each image, is a powerful testament to the changing physicality of the sea. At the same time, the accompanying narrative of globalisation is ever present in these works.