ARTIST SERIES

Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1700
Partial Appearances #1700
Bill Armstrong Partial Appearances #1704
Partial Appearances #1704
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1709
Partial Appearances #1709
Bill Armstrong Partial Appearances #1703
Partial Appearances #1703
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1705
Partial Appearances #1705
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1716
Partial Appearances #1716
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1739
Partial Appearances #1739
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1715
Partial Appearances #1715
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1719
Partial Appearances #1719
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1746
Partial Appearances #1746
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1711
Partial Appearances #1711
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1722
Partial Appearances #1722
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1726
Partial Appearances #1726
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1729
Partial Appearances #1729
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1733
Partial Appearances #1733
Armstrong_PartialAppearances#1701-980
Partial Appearances #1701
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1723
Partial Appearances #1723
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1706
Partial Appearances #1706
Bill Armstrong Partial Appearances #1702
Partial Appearances #1702
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1744
Partial Appearances #1744
Bill Armstrong Partial Appearances #1714
Partial Appearances #1714
Bill Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1712
Partial Appearances #1712
Armstrong, Partial Appearances #1738
Partial Appearances #1738

The artist states: “Partial Appearances is a meditation on self, identity and the psychological state of in-betweenness that reflects the transitional nature of contemporary life. Appearances may or may not be real, and half-truths are often the best one can hope for. Identity, itself, is in question as the shift from the real to the “cyber” leaves the individual in a state of flux. At the same time, once fixed ideas about gender have become fluid and open.

Partial Appearances continues my investigation into re-purposing the basic tools of photography to transform found or appropriated images so as to subvert the documentary expectation of photography. My early work with found collages of torn posters (Accidental Portraits, Found Collages, Found Diptychs) used framing to transform images hidden in plain sight into illusionistic images. The Infinity series used blur, or negative depth of field, to create an ephemeral parallel universe. Unfixed relied on shutter speed to create fractured, distorted images by moving the camera during long exposures. Partial Appearances explores the magical possibilities of the digital tool of layering to transform a combination of appropriated and made up images into psychological fictions.

“With Partial Appearances I have found a new method of creating imagery that furthers my interest in the contrast and harmony of colors while addressing many of the spiritual concerns of the Infinity series. On the simplest level, the use of layers is an apt metaphor for the increased number of layers that threaten to overwhelm the psyche, adding on more to the existing layers of anxiety, alienation, longing and isolation that can submerge contemporary individuals as they try to navigate a constantly shifting world. At the same time, the layers of different opacity represent different sides of the self and point to the spiritual dilemma of the individual’s struggle to become whole in an increasingly complex world.”

Work by Bill Armstrong

Press Coverage