For over two decades, Zimmerman's installation and photographic practice has explored the idea of constructed environments, in particular, the utopian role played by Neo-classical architecture.
He begins this process by constructing architectural models that are photographed and then digitally edited. The resulting images have been displayed in both traditional gallery and installation settings, often modified to suggest a bunker type space.
Zimmerman's first photographic series, "Lost Hamilton Landmarks," developed out of his interest in ambitious and authoritarian-styled national building programs in the period leading up to WWII. This was followed by "Landmarks of Industrial Britain" which reflected on the 19th century Roman and Greek prototypes popular during the Industrial Revolution.
In "Cold City" Zimmerman continues to investigate the underlying utopian and monumentalist themes of the previous two series. Influenced by images of Soviet industrial complexes associated with the Cold War, "Cold City" is developed around the idea of these large "closed cities", many of which are situated in extremely remote or arctic locations.
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