Photographic Alphabet: D is for Bill Durgin

Photographic Alphabet: D is for Bill Durgin

Two Figures, Coral and Crimson 2017 © Bill Durgin

Two Figures, Coral and Crimson 2017 © Bill Durgin

Figure Ground

Figure Ground Refers to the principal in gestalt theory that a figure is perceived through its distinction from the background. Several images from a single shoot are layered and systematically erased to blur the boundary between what is figure and what is background, challenging ideas of perception, image consumption and sexuality. The figures imaged are erased and reconstructed to express inward thought over outward appearances while gender and sexual identifiers are confronted and reimagined. In this age of seamlessly altered and composite images, Figure Ground brings the idea of image composite to the forefront making the act of alteration the figure itself.

Naomi with Plinth Pegboard and Plywood, Self Portrait 2016 © Bill Durgin

Naomi with Plinth Pegboard and Plywood, Self Portrait 2016 © Bill Durgin

Alannah Reclined and Seated, Chestnut 2017 © Bill Durgin

Alannah Reclined and Seated, Chestnut 2017 © Bill Durgin

Brooke with Color Checker 2016 © Bill Durgin

Brooke with Color Checker 2016 © Bill Durgin

Shadow Puppet, Cloud Wallpaper 2016 © Bill Durgin

Shadow Puppet, Cloud Wallpaper 2016 © Bill Durgin

Two Figures, Plinth and Plywood 2017 © Bill Durgin

Two Figures, Plinth and Plywood 2017 © Bill Durgin

Fake Grapes and Pegboard, Ocean Blue 2017 © Bill Durgin

Fake Grapes and Pegboard, Ocean Blue 2017 © Bill Durgin

Figure, Suede Gray and Pegboard 2017 © Bill Durgin

Figure, Suede Gray and Pegboard 2017 © Bill Durgin

Torso and Fist, True Blue 2017 © Bill Durgin

Torso and Fist, True Blue 2017 © Bill Durgin

Hailey with Pegboard and Plywood 2016 © Bill Durgin

Hailey with Pegboard and Plywood 2016 © Bill Durgin

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Catherine Hyland

Woman Crush Wednesday: Catherine Hyland

Art Out: Aperture Gallery's Summer Open: Delirious Cities

Art Out: Aperture Gallery's Summer Open: Delirious Cities