Barry Underwood


Pigment Prints:  Hahnemühle Baryta 325
Each image is recorded on color negative film using a medium format camera, 4x5, or 8x10 large format camera. The photographs are printed on Hahnemühle Baryta 325 paper in varying sizes, ranging from 28”x28”, through intermediate sizes, up to 40”x50”.  


This series of photographic images, titled Scenes, is comprised of long exposure documentations of full-scale installations built on-site in specific landscapes. 

Curiosity about ecological and social history of specific places drives my work. These installations reflect my study of the agricultural, industrial, and recreational land-use of each respective site. I fashion these scenes by immersing myself in and researching a place, instinctively reading the landscape, then altering the site through LED lights, luminescent material, and other physical means of creating photographic effects.  In the final prints, lights and sculptural alterations appear as intrusions into the landscape imagery. The tension between the familiar bucolic setting and the surreal abstract mark gives the images a strange power.

Conceptually, the pieces are situated at the intersection of land art, staged photography, and Minimalist sculpture. Within these genres, the image or photographic document precedes and shapes all direct experiences of the artwork that follow. Each image is a kind of fiction, which capitalize on this history.