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Mandala 464, negative 2007; print 2008
Bill Armstrong, American
Chromogenic print
From the series Infinity
Courtesy of ClampArt

Bill Armstrong

“The Mandalas are meant to be meditative pieces—glimpses into a space of pure color, beyond our focus, beyond our ken. Their essential purpose is to create a sense of transcendence, of radiance, of pure joy,” Bill Armstrong writes about this series. “Through abstraction, simplification and blur, I hope to create a context for the exploration of broad spiritual themes that, rather than relying on a codified system, remains open and invites the viewer’s personal interpretation.”

Like other portfolios in his series Infinity, Armstrong’s mandalas are made from collages he creates and then photographs with the camera’s focusing ring set on infinity. He then creates chromogenic prints from the resultant negatives. By taking an out-of-focus photograph, the artist concentrates not on detailed form and subject but on the rich, saturated colors that shift and pulsate in relation to one another, inviting an inquiry into the interconnectedness of all things.

Bill Armstrong is a New York City based fine art photographer who has been working in color for over 30 years. He has been a photography instructor on the faculty of the International Center of Photography since 2001 and an adjunct professor of photography at the School of Visual Arts since 2003. Mr. Armstrong’s work is in museum collections worldwide including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne; and the Centro Internazionale di Fotografia in Milan. Mr. Armstrong is represented by ClampArt in New York and numerous galleries across the country and in Europe.

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