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Artist Statement

As an artist and musician, my interest is in the study of patterns in light and sound.


Observing the separation of light and shadow in a landscape, a window-lit room or from the lights of my studio as they shower my tools and workspaces compels me to record those fragments in mostly realistic impressions.


Whether working from my photographs or from life, my subjects are almost always happened upon, rarely assembled or constructed, although I may make decisions of omission and inclusion. The elements of chance and discovery are the primary contributing factors in these compositions.


The moment of creation for me is in the visualization of a possibility, discovering that viewpoint in space where the dance of shapes and shadows falls into a rhythmic balance of light and dark. Then, with my camera or a simple mat board viewer, the image is isolated and I enter the dance and become a participant as I record the moment.


Joel Chrisman



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