Title

Latent I [Painting]

Presenting Author Name/s

Michael August

Faculty Advisor

Greta Pratt

Presentation Type

Artwork

Disciplines

Art and Design | Photography

Description/Abstract

Artist Statement

The framed photograph, Latent I, belongs to my most recent series of the same name.

Latent was fully tasked with a survey of various suburban expanses, fixtures, and facades, elaborating the notion that these common, physical spaces contain an undeveloped capacity to engage the attention for symmetry and composition and perhaps reorient the label of boring. Shot throughout Hampton Roads, the viewer is presented with man-made sites generally regarded as only the prelude to something worth seeing and knowing, yet are themselves exceptional. A photobook that contains the series in full can be found on the table.

A companion series to this was Foundation, which sought a similar untapped quality in the very asphalt roads and walkways which interconnect and support suburban life. Foundation is represented by a handmade photobook in an accordion style, one that requires a rather large space to display entirely but can nonetheless be flipped through like a normal book.

Important influences for me were members of the 1975 New Topographics exhibition, Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Stephen Shore, and Bernd and Hilla Becher. Further still, the Becher’s spawned the Düsseldorf school of photography, including Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth whom I also include as inspirations.

With these series I have purposefully embarked on observing and inquiring about the “normal” and its capacity to be both constrictive and unfettered. This is a thread I want to follow to all complementary physical and thematic areas. Essentially, with my photography, I want to see, and others to know, that the real world—the basic environment we all exist in—is more than it seems, especially in those places and times when it appears to be much less than what it should.

Session Title

Art Exhibit

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Start Date

2-2-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 12:30 PM

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Latent I [Painting]

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Artist Statement

The framed photograph, Latent I, belongs to my most recent series of the same name.

Latent was fully tasked with a survey of various suburban expanses, fixtures, and facades, elaborating the notion that these common, physical spaces contain an undeveloped capacity to engage the attention for symmetry and composition and perhaps reorient the label of boring. Shot throughout Hampton Roads, the viewer is presented with man-made sites generally regarded as only the prelude to something worth seeing and knowing, yet are themselves exceptional. A photobook that contains the series in full can be found on the table.

A companion series to this was Foundation, which sought a similar untapped quality in the very asphalt roads and walkways which interconnect and support suburban life. Foundation is represented by a handmade photobook in an accordion style, one that requires a rather large space to display entirely but can nonetheless be flipped through like a normal book.

Important influences for me were members of the 1975 New Topographics exhibition, Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Stephen Shore, and Bernd and Hilla Becher. Further still, the Becher’s spawned the Düsseldorf school of photography, including Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth whom I also include as inspirations.

With these series I have purposefully embarked on observing and inquiring about the “normal” and its capacity to be both constrictive and unfettered. This is a thread I want to follow to all complementary physical and thematic areas. Essentially, with my photography, I want to see, and others to know, that the real world—the basic environment we all exist in—is more than it seems, especially in those places and times when it appears to be much less than what it should.