Tele Vistas is an evolving broadcast of online commissioned artworks exploring the lure of landscape during lockdown. The image of the landscape, sea and forests invokes feelings of freedom and escape. With many of us experiencing period of time isolated behind closed doors during the Covid-19 pandemic, the landscape has become an especially potent image, the closed horizons of the home contrast with the wide horizons of the outdoors.
Tele Vistas is inspired by New Forest based William Gilpin, the great writer of the picturesque movement of the 18th century. His ideas of the ‘Picturesque’ transformed the land from a lived reality into an image for consumption, inspiring painters, writers, garden designers and urban planners. Landscapes are by definition something remote, the impossible object of one’s desires (we stand and gaze, but cannot touch). Tele Vistas commissions are new artworks created by an international roster of artists who experienced these broadcasts from afar.