Greg Lock: A World in Perfect Balance
Opening Reception: Friday, May 29 from 6 to 8pm
May 25, 2009
through June 2, 2009
Carrie Haddad Photographs is pleased to announce a special exhibition of 3-D anaglyphs by artist Greg Lock. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, May 29 from 6 to 8pm. All are invited to attend.
This exhibition presents a collection of 3-D prints that were generated by Lock while at a residency program with the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred State University in 2003. Visitors to this week-long exhibition will be provided with 3-D glasses to view Lock's spatial landscapes. These images - which show signs of change, decay and physical oddity - imply a frozen moment, as if they were a still frame of a world in perfect balance. The experience of viewing these images is not only intellectual and emotional, but also physical, as you find yourself hyper-aware of your surroundings.
"These are not immersive virtual environments; they are planar, hung on a wall, separate from us, asking for their three-dimensionality to be believed. They simulate structure in the real world without trying to recreate it; they offer spatial information, politely," says Lock.
3D graphics can be defined as any image that provides the illusion of depth through the use of shading and perspective. Stereoscopic images on the other hand provide a separate image for each eye. Maybe the most well known form of stereo viewing is the anaglyph, which takes two images and colors them differently; the left eye image is red, the right eye image is blue or cyan. With the use of special glasses the brain can combine these images into one picture that has the illusion of multiple planes of depth. Images may appear to break through the paper or disappear into the background.
The relationship between the perception of space and the portrayal of space has had a long and elaborate history. It all began in 1838 when, Sir Charles Wheatstone published Contributions to the Physiology of Vision, showing that the human mind perceives objects in three dimensions because each eye receives a slightly different view. Wheatstone invented the word Stereograph to define this phenomenon.
Stereographic images have taken many forms throughout the years - from stereo daguerreotypes, optical instruments for 3D vision such as The View-Master, to anaglyphic prints. Each of these provides a strange sensation to "enter" the image, in that very moment, without any limit of space and time.
As technology continues to progress, new techniques for controlling stereoscopic perception, like color perception, are being used artistically by photographers. The creative manipulation of stereoscopic space is garnering increasing interest as digital 3-D technology enjoys a renaissance in movies, computer games and the web. The potential in the hands of the photographer for exploring and discovering new perceptual experiences is great – and the impact is wonderfully powerful and unexpected.
Greg Lock was born in the Fenlands of East Anglia in England. He studied Sculpture in Cambridge, Yorkshire and New York City where he was awarded his MFA in 1995 from Parson's School of Design. After spending several years in the USA Greg returned to England to participate in an innovative MA program at the University of Salford combining his sculpture with state of the art technology, in 1998 he graduated with a distinction.
Lock lives in Ancram, New York and teaches at Purchase College, State University of New York as an assistant professor of Sculpture and of the New Media program.
Carrie Haddad Photographs is located at 318 Warren Street in Hudson, New York. Summer hours are daily from 11 to 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 to 7pm. The gallery is closed on Wednesdays. For more information please contact Melissa Stafford at 518-828-7655 or visit www.carriehaddadgallery.com