© Matthias Geiger

© Matthias Geiger


New Photography by
Matthias Geiger, Anita Giraldo, Hyun Doo Park, Adina Segal, Barbra Walker

Photography and Related Media Masters Thesis Exhibition

Squinting narrows our field of vision allowing us to see more selectively by excluding parts of the visible world. Having our eyes half closed heightens our perception of the world according to our disposition. The artists included in "Squint" visualize latent relationships to our surroundings. The resulting photographs are a fresh approach to the depiction of interior and exterior landscapes. The work probes our capacity to relate; how we place ourselves in the world physically and psychologically. The dichotomy between private/public, interior/exterior, body/mind creates tension as well as synchronicity. Whether looking at a nightscape, landscape, industrial wasteland, or domestic scene, we find that despite the visual boundaries, the images correspond to one another in an emotional and sensory way.

Matthias Geiger examines our relationship to the natural world and the place we allow nature to occupy in our Western culture in his series "Caretakers". The photographs raise questions about reality, the metaphysical, and interdependence. By implying different philosophical ideas and exploiting various photographic techniques, the work expands the genre of landscape photography.

Anita Giraldo photographs industrial landscapes to convey personal and introspective concepts. "Projection/Synapse" is a group of large, color panoramic images. By tapping into the reservoirs of memory and association, each image expresses a different thought on an aspect of Giraldo's life.

Hyun-Doo Park's self-portraits entitled "Goodbye Stranger" question the possibility of cultural assimilation. The attempt to physically blend in with his surroundings reflects his desire to be integrated at large. Although the figure is formally perfectly adjusted to different environments, there remains a strangeness suggesting the friction created by the assimilation-process.

Adina Segal's "Uninvisible" is a visual report from the threshold of perception. Shot at night, the images transform a seemingly familiar place -the home- into another world. Darkness can make us feel uncomfortable and disoriented, but it can also evoke beauty and peace. The work is located at the seam between these two opposing feelings.

Barbra Walker photographs family members' homes in order to reevaluate her origins. "Home Again" is an exploration of loss, identity and control, initiated by her mother's death. The resulting images depict microcosms of odd beauty that transcend the personal by questioning how we can embrace the past.

July 5 - August 3, 2003

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