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Strange Dayz

Andrew Butkevicius

February 3 - March 1, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, February 12 – 7-10 pm

Strange Dayz is a selection of works that challenges conventional perception of natural spaces by photographing them with invisible light (Infrared) and printing them on luminous metal.

Infrared photography has captivated me ever since I took my first black and white photograph many years ago. I immediately felt immersed in the billowy clouds set against black skies. A lot of time has passed since then, and my interests have directed me to numerous projects over the years, but infrared is something that persistently draws me back.

I have a scientific way of looking at things. When something catches my eye, I often wonder what happened to make it that that way, or become what it is today. Rocks, minerals, fossils, inspire me with time lines and endurance. The stars, meteors, and celestial bodies impress me with extremes of scale and distance. Infrared photography has consistently evoked my creative and conceptual interests. It has become a way for me to reinvent the world, as if looking into some sort of parallel dimension. Although that’s not what is actually going on, there are many interesting and unique characteristics of infrared photography which captivate the mind both emotionally and cognitively.

The most recent developments in digital cameras have allowed them to become fully functional tools for the infrared photographer. Previously, technical limitations prevented the simplest of camera functions, like focusing and exposure. Now the cameras act as cyborg like devices out of sci-fi movies, and allow the photographer to see and capture the world under an invisible infrared light.   This increased ease of use has allowed me to focus on the creative and physical capacities of the medium without being overly occupied with technical issues.

Throughout my Artistic career I have been exploring issues surrounding the physical and conceptual perception of the world around me. Ranging from the properties of light and matter, to the construction of social and cultural identities, I have an ongoing interest in how the world is understood. Our five senses are all that human beings have to perceive ones environment; this is a physical capacity of all animals in general. Our minds are what create an understanding of one’s physical perceptions, primarily revolving around interaction and civilization. Infrared photography allows me to explore both science and society simultaneously by challenging ones physical and cognitive understanding of the perceived world.