bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff
bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff
jan 25, 2012

bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff

a work in the ‘bronson caves’ photography series by brice bischoff

long used as a stage setting for film and television shows, los angeles’s bronson caves become again interpreted against the motion of time and light in a photography series by american artist brice bischoff. the surreal long-exposure photographs document series of dances and movements bischoff performed in front of the camera with large sheets of coloured paper.

‘a hundred years of filmmaking has occurred at the caves,‘ bischoff explains: ‘from explosions and gun fights to the discovery of cave paintings. [as a result] the caves are documented on various formats and film stocks over time as an unchanging landscape amidst a chaotic specter of fictional realities.‘

it is this concept that he sought to investigate with ‘bronson caves’, which ultimately render the invisibility of time into a seemingly material form, via the impressions– at times fog-like, at others strikingly tactile– of the coloured paper captured in motion.

having taken the photographs of the series over the course of a year, bischoff notes that his process was largely experimental, and that he gradually learned to predict the shapes and effects that different movements would cause. ‘I was approaching the figures I created like a sculptor or a painter,‘ he reflects, ‘[asking myself], ‘how would this form and color relate to the architecture of the space it inhabited?” bischoff used the same paper for shoots over the entire year, so the material gradually became weathered, torn, and discoloured, adding both physical and conceptual texture.

‘bronson caves’ is on exhibition through march and april 2012 at the kopeikin gallery in culver city, california.

bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff

bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff

bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff

bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff

bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff

bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff

bronson caves light paintings by brice bischoff

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    Darija SH says:
  • these are incredibly strange and beautiful. i am enchanted.

    verso says:
  • oh see! the very first enterprise aliens 😀

    fan says:

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