Barry Stone, "Bouquet DSCF3487_2, 2014", Inkjet on Adhesive Backed textile, 54 x 36". Courtesy of the artist and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York.

Barry Stone, “Bouquet DSCF3487_2, 2014″, Inkjet on Adhesive Backed textile, 54 x 36”. Courtesy of the artist and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York.

Barry Stone

Nelson Goodman in Ways of Worldmaking, argues that many “right” versions of the world are simultaneously possible; one knows the world by quoting, rearranging, adding to, and subtracting from it. The fact that our perception differs from what a camera records in well-worn territory. In embracing this tendency, I would like to not only reveal the method of photography’s fabrication, but attempt to fashion new glimpses of ephemeral possible worlds forged between observed circumstances and their material distortion. In this body of work, I have purposely introduced glitches into, a process sometimes referred to as databending. My images depict liminal landscapes such as clouds, burned forests, coastlines, and fairy houses constructed by children in the woods. The noise and anomalies generated by databending my photographs creates a kind of collage culled from the image’s constituent digital material. The anomaly or glitch is assimilated into the structure of the image and reveals not only the methods of its assembly, but also, and more interestingly, a glimpse of new perceptual possibilities. The glitch serves as a marker or a technical stain, which implies a kind of ersatz gesture and imperfection. It is the flaw that hints at the humanity behind the machinery.

Barry Stone (Austin, TX) is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Photography in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Solo exhibitions include several shows at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York as well as at James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA, and Art Palace in Houston, TX. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas at Austin, Elizabeth Denny Gallery in NYC and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, among others. zingmagazine, I Heart Photograph, Glasstire, and The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography published by the Humble Arts Foundation have all featured his work. Stone is the founding member of the artist collective Lakes Were Rivers.