This body of work merges science and art by exploring the complicated relationships between observation, representation, and understanding. The images were realized through the creation of three-dimensional sculptures for the purposes of making photographs. At times referencing lunar models, Apollo era images, and telescopic astrophotography, this body of work bridges a gap between historic and modern modes of scientific representation while re-contextualizing and bringing them into a contemporary vernacular. The images presented using historic photographic processes such as salt prints and cyanotypes as well as more contemporary silver gelatin and inkjet prints. The transformation of sculpture to prints provides a contextualization of photography’s ability to render convincing, useful, yet misleading scientific imagery. In their presentation, the images encourage the viewer to take a closer look at science, the imagery that represents it, and how it impacts popular understanding.
by Mark Schoon & Casey McGuire
Silver Gelatin Print
15.5 x 15.5 x 0 in
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