Mark Tribe: Plein Air

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Editorial Review


By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, July 18, 2014

The lifelike landscapes in Mark Tribe’s “Plein Air” series, which go on view Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, exist somewhere between photography and painting, and between the actual and the virtual.

Printed on large, irregularly shaped sheets of Dibond, a non--porous aluminum--composite material originally developed for outdoor signage, using high--tech inks that “cure” under UV light, they look as real as advertising. Rendered with a computer program that generates lifelike ---- though entirely imaginary ---- aerial landscapes, Tribe’s images are like digital Shangri--Las. They’re aspirational, albeit plausible, fictions.

But so are the idealized paintings of the Hudson River School.