Bear Field Mountains
Vorrätig (kann nachbestellt werden)
- Moon Space Books
- 2017 ISBN 9789198011562
- 78 Seiten
- Handbound in 500 numbered copies, Offset
- 32 × 27 cm
– Arthur Fields, 1923
The idea of a forgotten utopia located along the train tracks has it’s roots in an old hobo myth from the turn of the 19th century. A myth which could be described as a modern version of the medieval concept of Cockaigne, an imaginary land of plenty and ease, first manifested by the Goliards (a group of Latin satir poets from the 12th century). Examples of the hobo version of Cockaigne is manifested in songs like in songs like Arthur Fields’ “The Dying Hobo” (1923), about a dying man’s last wish to take a freight train to paradise.
Engberg’s utopia, or rather his search for it, lead us through a wild land, seemingly deserted by humans but filled with curious animals and strange plants. More than just portraying the wilderness, his pictures build a narrative, or even an abstract map, of a physical as well as a spiritual journey to paradise.