Landscapes Abstracted

Barry Underwood, an artist and professor of photograpy at the Cleveland Art Institute, is doing wild things with lights and landscapes. Temporarily installing his lights in American forests, hills, meadows, and riverbanks, Underwood explores the “potential of the ordinary.”

He says with lighting the landscapes can become as dramatic as a stage or movie set. “By reading the landscape and altering the vista through lights and photographic effects, I transform everyday scenes into unique images.”

Light and color, he adds, also change our perception of the spaces, transforming nature scenes into something very different. “Space collapses, while the lights that I install appear as intrusions and interventions. This combination renders the forms in the landscape abstract.”

Underwood hopes that his photographs are both “surreal and familiar.” The meaning of it all? “Elusive and mystifying.”

Explore Underwood’s landscape photography and see uncropped versions of the images above.

Also, check out how Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde is using another medium – clouds – to create spooky environmental art indoors.

Image credit: (1) Trace, Yellow (2008) (2) Aurora, Green (2007), (3) Rodeo Beach (2009), (4) Trace, Blue (2008) / Barry Underwood

5 thoughts on “Landscapes Abstracted

  1. Aulia Akbar Pulungan 04/06/2012 / 8:39 am

    what a beautiful pic. how can it be? would u mind to tell the way to make the pic?

  2. Bob Birkeland, ASLA 04/11/2012 / 10:03 am

    Nature doesn’t need art assistance, it needs to be appreciated for what it is not enhanced or used as a stage. This encourages the growing iphone response to the world.

  3. John Dempsey, ASLA 04/11/2012 / 12:57 pm

    Interesting take incorporating technology with nature. A futuristic Christo and Jeanne-Claude!

  4. kate 04/25/2012 / 3:07 pm

    I really like this art – thanks for sharing it with us.

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