ARTIST SERIES

Bill Armstrong, Mandala 431
Blue Sphere #431
Bill Armstrong, Mandala #429
Blue Sphere #429
Bill Armstrong, Mandala 434
Blue Sphere #434
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

Beginning with scraps of paper and found imagery, Bill Armstrong created colorful collages which he then photographs with the focus ring on his camera lens placed on 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.

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

Work by Bill Armstrong