Brenda Biondo
Moving Picture no. 9 (Large)
2016

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Dye sublimation print on aluminum (matte/lustre finish).

This artwork is part of a series titled Moving Pictures. This is edition 1/9.

For images in that series, Brenda Biondo starts by photographing the sky from the deck of her home, located at 6,500 feet (2000 meters) or from the field surrounding her secondary studio at 10,000 feet (3000 meters) altitude. Often, she'll photograph clear blue skies; other times, she'll zoom in on grey clouds or a colorful sunset. She then prints the image, takes it back outside, folds it and/or cuts a piece out of it, and finally holds the print up to the sky and photographs it.

Moving Pictures, a sequel to the series Paper Skies, also looks at the photograph as object, but this time as an object in motion interacting with its environment over time and, in the process, literally blurring the lines between what is real and what is reproduced. The images are created by quickly moving a folded and/or cut printed sky image while it is being re-photographed outside. The half-second exposure time generates amalgams in which the printed sky and the actual sky are merged, blending colors and shadows and revealing a synthesis that cannot be seen with the naked eye. De-emphasizing the materiality of the original printed image by using motion to blur edges and textures focuses greater attention on color and the quality of light.

Edition of 9 + 2AP

Brenda Biondo is an American photographer whose constructed, abstract sky photographs explore the interplay of light, color, space, materiality and process. Born in New York City, she currently lives and works in the mountain towns of Manitou Springs and Fairplay, Colorado.

TECHNIQUE
Biondo creates layered, abstract images of the sky through a process akin to collage. First she photographs an image of the sky then prints that image. Next she strategically cuts shapes out of the printed image. Finally, she re-photographs the prints against the backdrop of the sky at a different time of day and under different conditions.

Repetitions of this process result in complex images that could include multiple color variations as well as interventions from clouds and other atmospheric phenomena.

The final images adopt the formal presence of abstract geometric compositions. They possess textural remnants from the surfaces of the original prints, while also conveying depth and dimension from the interplay of natural light during the re-photographing process.

The work is never digitally manipulated. Biondo is attracted to the idea of demonstrating the luminosity, complexity and quality that can be achieved through photography alone.

INSPIRATION
Biondo is inspired by the work of Light and Space artists like James Turrell and color theorists like Josef Albers. She is interested in the ways we perceive color differently according to the context in which we experience it.

She is also interested in how time affects our perception. Time is an essential element of her photographs since each shape comes from a view of the same sky, but at a different time.
Time is also a factor in her Moving Pictures series, which demonstrate how movement can literally blur the boundaries of past and present.

EXHIBITIONS
Photographs by Biondo have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States since 2008, including most recently in the solo exhibition Brenda Biondo: Play, at the San Diego Museum of Art. Her work has appeared extensively in print, including in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Denver Post and Hyperallergic.

COLLECTIONS
Photographs by Biondo are included in several institutional collections, including that of the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. First hand item, delivered directly from the artist's studio .
  • Dimensions
    37.99 in. H x 24.02 in. W
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU65932287163
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