Tom Turner, Bird Point

Type: Red Dot 2019 PREVIEW
Price: $1,650.00


Tom Turner

Bird Point


40 x 34” 

Archival ink jet print 

Edition of 6



"My research examines the importance of time to our perception of the landscape, while also considering the relationship of people to their environments. My video and photographic series, “The Color of Memory,” observes the elasticity of time and color, constructing a more arbitrary relationship between the two. The rearranging of color channels in multiple layered images illustrate the fracturing of our perception of color as a fixed entity and how time alters our understanding of the landscape. Misaligning the color plates within the images performs the same function as a prism, when refracting white light into the component colors, creating colorful ghosting where movement occurs. “The Color of Memory” contains distinct sections, consisting of still photographs as well as both single channel and multiple channel video installations. The forth section “The Color of Memory: The Color of White” examines the shifting colors across a white landscape. The snow covered landscape clarifies how light translates the experience of movement to the displacement of time.


I think of the camera as a tool to record time. The camera has the power to arrest or extend the motion of the world, changing the way we interact with our natural environments. This device that most people now carry in their pockets, gives us the ability to record the present for our future selves. However, information becomes distorted through this continuous documentation. Time and accumulation of imagery misshape our understanding and memory of the world. The flood of photographs and movies compound our desensitization to grandeur. Repeated exposures to awe-inspiring landscapes stimulate a more layered experience. Generic or too often photographed landscapes allusively invoke equivalent memories in the viewer overlaying the present with the past. My aim is to summon the viewer’s romanticized memory of the landscapes, as well as challenge them to understand the environments in which they live."     - Tom Turner