Cawood, Gary

Cawood, Gary

Email Address: [email protected]
Medium: Photography
Region: Central
Residence: Little Rock

The work included here represents the latest exploration of the Excavation project I began in 2006. The excavation is literal--the photographs utilize the details of disturbed land as the setting for the arrangements I create and then photograph. Earlier examples emphasized throwaways in the compositions. In our consumer culture, we toss away the objects we buy with ease. It seems the landscape is equally expendable. The recent work stresses natural objects and materials. In either case, I'm interested in how nature recovers from the scars we inflict on the landscape. Essentially I'm doing still life using whatever I find--mud, rock or plant material--as part of the setup. This staged approach, focusing on relatively small details, tends to emphasize formal order, and indeed I delight in the contemplative aspect of view camera work. Art gives us the opportunity to imagine order where none is apparent.



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