Barry Underwood Illuminates Human Presence in Natural Landscapes #ArtTuesday
Barry Underwood’s sculptures bring together the beauty of the wild and the vivid glow of LED lights and reflective materials in a gorgeous evocation of the digital invasion of nature. That’s the sort of thing you’d read on an “artist’s statement” in an art gallery, but it also may be true! Here’s more from COLOSSAL:
Underwood’s latest series Linear Construction—to which many of these images belong—“focuses on visual illusions that reflect the land conservation paradoxes created by humans’ deep augmentation of the natural world,” he tells Colossal. While some images contain clear signs of intervention, such as a mown field or a stone wall, others require a closer look at a treeless river bank or a cleared meadow. The artist explores civilization’s impact on nature by superimposing geometric shapes onto landscapes, nodding to the precise angles of built structures and bright lights we might associate with warning flares or neon signs.
To achieve the images, Underwood experiments with what he calls “a catalog of visual devices. I try to find locations that I’m either shooting downhill or uphill to make the space look like it’s torqued,” playing with perception and taking multiple frames that are later stitched together in Photoshop to create what he describes as a “disruptive mood.”
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