Figure 02, 1999
“A world just beyond our grasp, where place may be suggested, but is never defined, and where the identity of the amorphous figures remains in question. It is a world that might exist in memory, in dreams, or, perhaps, in a parallel universe yet unvisited.” —Bill Armstrong
|ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Bill Armstrong’s Infinity series transforms re-photographed and appropriated images to create ephemeral, abstracted and de-materialized color fields and strongly evocative iconic figures. Working with source material as diverse as African masks, Roman busts, statuary and other representations, Armstrong’s finished figurative and portrait images are powerfully suggestive of an unseen presence.
Spirit presents selections from five of the series that make up Bill Armstrong’s Infinity series. Working with his unique process of re-photographing appropriated images and subjecting them to a series of manipulations; Armstrong exploits the integrating capacities of camera blur to merge image details, edges and colors to create seamless color fields and mysterious, other-worldy figures.
Bill Armstrong holds a B.A. in art history and an M.B.A. from Boston University. His work has recently been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Hackelbury Fine Art, London; ClampArt, New York; Dolby Chadwick, San Francisco; DeSantos Gallery, Houston; Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego; Robischon Gallery, Denver; Gallery Kayafas, Boston; the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester Mass., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Images from the Infinity series have been featured in major group exhibitions at commercial and public galleries in Europe and the US including the Center for Creative Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography; Houston Center for Photography; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Aperture Foundation; Ambient Art Projects; the DeCordova Museum; the Photographic Resource Center; the International Center of Photography; Forma Centro Internazionale di Fotografia; Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Musee De l'Elysee, Lausanne; Recontres D’Arles, Arles and the Hayward Gallery, London.
Armstrong’s photographs have appeared in a number of major publications including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009); Photographic Possibilities (2007); Face: The New Photographic Portrait (2006); Exploring Color Photography (2004) as well as in the Boston Globe; New York Times; Utne Reader and the New Yorker. His work is in numerous public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Addison Gallery of American Art; Bibliotheque Nationale de France; Musee De l’Elysee; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Southeast Museum of Photography; Museum of the City of New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Armstrong lives and works in New York where he is also an adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography.
|Figure 01, 1999
||Buddha 706, 2004||Apparition 913, 2005|
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