Chris Dunker- Truss
I document industrial culture: machines, interior spaces, architecture, and the industrial landscape. The purpose of these images is to heighten sensitivities to our industrial culture. I use a variety of visual strategies and devices to describe dark and dirty industrial fixtures as beautiful, elegant, and graphically stunning. Through my images, I intend to share the awe and excitement I feel when present to these magnificent constructs.
Functioning primarily as expressive documents, each image describes, in sharp detail, objects, buildings and operations. Interior spaces are ignited by surreal colors, which film faithfully records as the limited spectrum of radiation cast by sodium vapor, mercury vapor, and metal halide lights.
Simple designs of utility where function dictates form subscribe to a mandate of efficiency, which I find beautiful. I assign a formal, modernist method of imaging to bring order and structure to chaotic and unfamiliar scenes.
The images in this exhibit, “TRUSS” pay homage to the delicate yet powerful device which single handedly allows the massive hangars, stadiums, and super sized structures to exist. Trusses demonstrate simple designs of utility and powerful graphics. Also, the repetition of truss members visually defines a space. Like a spider web, trusses appear so delicate yet as a system they harness magnificent strength.