EXHIBITION

Bill Armstrong, Figure #71
Figure #71
Bill Armstrong, Figure #70
Figure #70
Bill Armstrong, Figure #73
Figure #73
Bill Armstrong, Figure #72
Figure #72
Bill Armstrong, Portrait #314
Portrait #314
Bill Armstrong, Buddha #703
Buddha #703
Bill Armstrong, Buddha #701
Buddha #701
Bill Armstrong, Buddha #702
Buddha #702
Bill Armstrong, Mandala #422
Blue Sphere #422
Bill Armstrong, Blue Spheres #433
Blue Sphere #433
Bill Armstrong, Mandala #423
Blue Sphere #423
Bill Armstrong, Mandala #427
Blue Sphere #427
Bill Armstrong, Mask #511
Mask #511
Bill Armstrong, Mask #518
Skull #518
Bill Armstrong, Mask #512
Mask #512
Bill Armstrong, Skull #515
Skull #515
Bill Armstrong, Mandala #413
Mandala #413
Bill Armstrong, Mandala #450
Mandala #450
Bill Armstrong, Mandala #451
Mandala #451
Bill Armstrong, Mandala #403
Mandala #403

January 15 – February 28, 2004

Artist’s reception:
Thursday, January 15th
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce “Spirit,” an exhibition of recent photographs by artist, Bill Armstrong. The exhibition will include “Blue Spheres,” “Masks and Skulls,” “Mandalas,” and “Buddhas,” all from Armstrong’s ongoing “Infinity” series.

Unifying a broad array of diverse imagery is the artist’s interest in photographically depicting the idea of the spirit—often regarded as something unable to be seen. Drawing from a variety of belief systems from around the globe, Armstrong’s groupings reference a range of sources—from Western ideas of the celestial or the heavenly and common notions of ghosts and apparitions, to African concepts of “evil spirits” and Eastern mandalas and Buddha.

Beginning with scraps of paper and found imagery, Armstrong creates colorful collages which he then photographs with the focus ring on his camera lens placed at infinity. The resultant images are a wonderful hybrid of media (collage and photography) that seamlessly meld original and found imagery, while teasing the boundary between representation and abstraction. The bright and powerful final prints actually pulse and vibrate as the viewer is meditatively transfixed by their glow.

Bill Armstrong’s work has been widely exhibited with photographs included in shows at the International Center for Photography and the Smithsonian Institution. Forthcoming museum exhibitions in 2004 will include the Musée de l’Elysée and the Southeastern Museum of Photography. Armstrong’s prints are in numerous permanent collections, including the Fogg Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, among others.

Work by Bill Armstrong

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