Sunday, June 24

Caleb Charland

Caleb Charland is a photographer based in Maine; his work delves into the world of scientific experimentation. This is an excerpt of Charland's artist statement:
Wonder is a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty. It is the basis of my practice and results in images that are simultaneously familiar and strange. I utilize everyday objects and fundamental forces to illustrate experiences of wonder. Each photograph begins with a simple question “How would this look? Is that possible? What would happen if…?” and develops through a sculptural process of experimentation. As I explore the garage and search through the basement to solve these pictures, I find ways to exploit the mysterious qualities of these everyday objects and familiar materials.
I wish I had thought to do something like this while I was teaching art at Astrocamp. Perhaps I can pass it on to the next summer arts teacher. If you would like to see more of his work you can find it on his website here.

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