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seth howe

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new york

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York


Cornell University, 1983, barch
Hunter College, CUNY, 1998, mfa

sculpture, conceptual, abstract, photography, modern, installation


Moment & Memory

My work is an investigation into the nature of perception as experienced through space and time. The work is comprised of both three dimensional site specific installations (glassworks) and two dimensional wallworks (paintings). I am interested in how as conscious beings we learn to understand the world around us, how we formulate a specific view of the world (reality), and ultimately how that view can be broken down into specific elements of language and meaning. The glassworks explores space in a site specific way, in essence ‘framing’ a view of the world that we embody. The everyday quality of the space we inhabit is transformed, allowing us to see ‘anew’. Through light and shadow the work embellishes the physical environment while leaving it undisturbed; a visual sleight of hand that plays with our notion of space and movement. The wall pieces are an investigation into the nature of perception via a two dimensional medium. Although the pieces are executed as ‘paintings’, in actuality they are a hybrid between the two dimensional surface of a painting, and the three dimensional quality of a scrim. The stainless steel mesh acts as both a reflector of light as well as a screen which light passes through. Depending on lighting conditions the works take on varying degrees of transparency and opacity. My intentions with the works is twofold; the two dimensional figural quality of the works becomes a metaphor for movement captured, a ‘snapshot’ of a moment in time, while the three dimensional transparency allows the viewer ‘into’ the work in actual space and time.

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