Artist Statement

Wyoming Timescape
Photographic archival inkjet print on paper, 30 x 38.
© 2019 Neil Berkowitz. All Rights Reserved.

Where does one place cease to be solely itself? How do we build connections between one place and another? Where does one place end and another begin? What is the nature of an individual’s place memories? What would they look like if we could see them? These are among the questions that have occupied my work since a residency in April, 2018, though I have recently begun exploring these questions in regard to any of our processed and stored experiences.

Wyoming Timescape, above, exemplifies this. It is composed from four image: two from Seattle, one from Grand Teton National Park, and one from Yellowstone from a few days later on a 6 week trip. All of the layers relate to my experience of that trip, and all also helped me achieve what a work that attempts to create a view of a place (Ox Bow Bend in Grand Teton) over a full 24 hours.

My work is also shaped by a dissatisfaction with museum/gallery style exhibition of work that is typically presented as two dimensional. It falls short of the possible in prompting personal interpretations by its observers. So work during this period is also driven by seeking to increase observers’ opportunities to make personal connections to my work. One approach begins with considering works shown together as an installation whether or not they were created as such and the grants observers the ability to recurate the works either physically or virtually. So my Intersections work, where each component image shares a lateral element connecting them as if a rough roadway, was recently exhibited on a carpeted gallery wall, with Velcro on the backs of mounted but unframed pieces. Observers were then encouraged to send a photo of their curation for sharing online.