Barry Underwood transforms natural landscapes into something surreal yet comfortably familiar. Utilising LED lights, luminescent material, and other photographic effects, Barry creates fleeting abstract landscapes composed by both natural and artificial light. As noted in his artist statement, his inspiration is derived from the nature and history of each of the local landscapes visits:
My artwork examines community and land-use in rural, suburban and urban sites. I created this series of installations by researching local agricultural, industrial, and recreational land-use. Curiosity about ecological and social history of specific places drives my work. By revealing the beauty and potential of an ordinary landscape an everyday scene is transformed into a memorable, visual experience. Each photograph image is a dialogue – the result of my direct encounter with nature and history. Inspired by land art, landscape photography and painting, as well as cinema, my images are both surreal and familiar.
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