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As an image based artist Stefan Petranek (b. 1977) works across mediums that range from historic photographs to video sculptures that combine digital projection technologies onto a variety of 3D forms and surfaces. Working with subjects that range from genetics to climate change, his work explores how contemporary culture, especially through advances in science and technology, affects our perception of what nature has become. Influenced by his former training as a biologist, he harnesses the
Harbor View #1 (10 minutes, HD single channel projection, 2017) plays with overlaying time upon itself to more deeply consider the dynamics and quality of a place. In addition to the creation of a formally engaging experience, the video ponders on how recording a place with photography ultimately fails to represent it, but may be able to amplify aspects of its realness that cannot be experienced through first person experience. In the larger arc of my studio practice this work continues to exhibit my fascination with studying interactions between humanity and nature.
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