Barry Underwood

My artwork examines community and land-use in rural, suburban and urban sites.  I created this series of installations by researching local agricultural, industrial, and recreational land-use. Curiosity about ecological and social history of specific places drives my work.  By revealing the beauty and potential of an ordinary landscape an everyday scene is transformed into a memorable, visual experience.  Each photograph image is a dialogue – the result of my direct encounter with nature and history.  Inspired by land art, landscape photography and painting, as well as cinema, my images are both surreal and familiar.  This tension between the familiar and the surreal gives the images a strange power.   The photographs are documentations of full-scale installations that are built on-site.  I fashion these scenes by immersing myself in a place, instinctively reading the landscape, and then altering the site through LED lights, luminescent material, and other photographic effects.  In the final prints, lights and alterations appear as intrusions, transforming landscapes into abstract images.