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Ben Rose

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Mysteries Of The Organ, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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The Ice You Pretend Is In Your Veins, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Seeing With Your Eyes Closed, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Spread Your Wings, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Love Endures All Things, 2011 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2011 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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I Pretend Nothing Is Real, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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But Maybe Everything That Dies, Someday Comes Back, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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The Last Song, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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I'll Be Your Mirror, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Interiors, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Erica, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Your Eye Is The Sun, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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I Owe All My Thoughts To You, 2012 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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I Will Always Love You, 2012 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2012 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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One Moment With You, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Everything, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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And I Was Touched By The Hand Of God, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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You Will Succeed, Blue, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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I Pretend Nothing Is Real, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Time Is Space, 2011 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2011 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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The Shape Of Gravity, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Not Even I Am Mine, 2010 Photography (really) © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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You, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Being It, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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How Come That Blood, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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The Midnight Sun, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Don't Let Me Love You With My Devotion, Just Point Me In The Right Direction, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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We'll Float In Space And Drift In Time, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Sing Into My Mouth, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Sing Into My Mouth, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Spread Your Wings, 2010 Kinetic Light Art Photography 4' X 3' (plexi Face-mount) © Copyright © 2010 Ben Rose. All rights reserved.
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Denver
Birth year
1984
Lives in
Denver
Works in
Denver
Schools
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2005, B.A. in Art History
City University of New York Graduate Center (CUNY), 2008, Ph.D. in Art History (inc.)
Sarah Lawrence College, 2009, M.Sci in Lighting
Tags
mixed-media, surrealism, modern, photography, digital, abstract
Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

"All that is, is light." - Johannes Scotus Erigena

My work isn’t photography – it’s art made with a camera. I use the camera as an extension of my body to not merely capture light, but render it like one would paint. Essentially, I shoot with the camera, rather than through it (with apologies to William Blake), thus creating what I call kinetic light art photography. Rather than the camera acting as a passive receptor for light movement, it itself moves, using still and usually very ordinary lights to "paint" the images. The camera thus acts as an phenomenological analogue for the eye, receiving and recording light as it maneuvers through space. In each photograph, many of the processes involved in a complicated film take occur over a few seconds, resulting in a still image where lights have been shot from myriad angles and at different distances. All context is removed, and the lights themselves create a completely unique and surreal space of pure light where subject and context become one, documenting the camera-eye's perceptual experience. These are all real photographs that are not computer-generated in any way.
 
Our visual systems are designed to evoke the sensation of constant connection and unity with our environment without interruption through entoptic phenomena. These phenomena are essentially everything we see that is not "normal" vision, ranging from afterimages to floaters to the patterns seen when one rubs their eyes upon waking. These phenomena never stop, and are visible every moment of the day, whether we pay attention to them or not. Afterimages are perhaps the most noticeable entoptic phenomenon – anyone can attest to "seeing spots" after looking directly at a very bright light. But these afterimages are constant and result from every line and every light perceived in external space, and will change and transform based on a plethora of phenomenological factors, reinforcing a connection with our own bodies. Through the everyday perception of space, we enter into an endless interchange in which light is, at every moment, burning itself anew into our photoreceptors as our eye, in turn, reacts by actively producing afterimages that drape themselves over the visual field with equal rapidity, engendering an endless circle of inscription with the viewer’s eye and external space each producing images of tremendous power. The two merge into one, and if the viewer truly remakes contact with the body through the eye, and acknowledges its presence through afterimages, the result is an inseparable unity that is at every moment changing, a living connection mediated by the organism that is our body and its organ that is the eye.
 
My artwork is about this connection and its mediation through light, the camera acting as a sort of retina onto which light can paint its impressions, ultimately engendering imagery that resembles entoptic phenomena. Rather than passively capturing space with the camera, I actively create new spaces that resemble the inner space of the viewer, and what I would image to resemble the immaterial, energy-based world that lies beyond our senses.


SELECTED PAST SHOWS


Spring Opening, 2011, Robert Anderson Photography, New York, NY

All That Is, Is Light, 2010, Evan Anderman Photography, Denver, CO

Denver Biennial: Let Me Be Your Guide (accepted proposal), 2010, Santa Fe Arts District, Denver, CO

It Is Only Being, 2010, Image Complete, Denver, CO

Wish! at the Dallas Contemporary, 2010, Dallas Contemporary Museum, Dallas, TX

Troy Light Out, 2009, Rensselaer Polytechnic Lighting Research Center, Troy, NY
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