Tom & Lois White
Photography, digital subtractive multiple exposure, archival pigment print on 100% cotton rag stock
FIRE/WORKS represents an expressionistic view of the mundane yet broadly popular phenomenon – firework displays. Always viewed from a distance and in a predetermined mechanical sequence, it has become a very common visual experience. Tom & Lois' idea is to imagine what it is like to be up close and inside an event and visualize the light and energy more intimately. They photograph, dissect and reconfigure the scenes, then relaunch the sequence. With the combination of abstract and representational, they retain an essence of the original event but with a new painterly energy.
Through their process, Tom & Lois explore the vagaries of light through the use of multiple exposure, color, black and white, and positive/negative within each image. The resulting works challenge the viewer’s perception of the image’s subject matter and medium.
“It is important to us to challenge the traditional understandings of photography and fine art and remove typical distinctions of what a photograph or painting is and allow the viewer to focus on the image without defining the medium.” - TW
Note: Because of the up-close nature of the images, artworks can be mounted both horizontally or vertically