Last Call: Barry Stone, Many Worlds If Any

Barry Stone,  Many Worlds If Any , installation image courtesy of Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery

Barry Stone, Many Worlds If Any, installation image courtesy of Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery

In Many Worlds If Any, his fourth solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend, Barry Stone continues to stretch the philosophical positions of his artistic practice within a world growing exponentially saturated with digital images. The show features seven framed photographs that employ various methods of depiction and perceptual distortion. The traditional formatting of the show belies Stone’s interest in the materiality of digital media in a continuum of image manipulation and “straight” photography.

The show’s title is taken from Nelson Goodman’s Ways of Worldmaking, in which he argues that many “right” versions of the world are simultaneously possible; one knows the world by quoting, rearranging, adding to, and subtracting from it

Barry Stone , Fairy Housing Complex 3550 (Purple Skirt) , 2012

Barry Stone, Fairy Housing Complex 3550 (Purple Skirt), 2012

While three of the photographs are made using conventional digital  camera work, the others have been altered by changing the code of the  digital image. This is done by converting the image file into a text  document and rearranging the resulting data. Converting the document  back into an image file then yields glitches, artifacts, and other  digitally induced anomalies. This massaging of the code, sometimes  referred to as databending, is done relatively blindly and is a process akin to a kind of meta-collage.

Stone’s photographic subjects play upon visual archetypes ranging from  rainbows and caverns to a burnt candlestick. Other photos offer scenes  of a wooded commons designated for children to make fairy houses. These  latter pictures have been subjected to the databending process, and  their random distortions of form, color, and light create an otherwise  hidden magical spectacle.

The works in the show look to the shifting position that images inhabit  in photography. Among the continued mass conversion of the observable  world into lines of digital code, Stone positions himself in the cracks  between as a maker of images based on a “true” reality and the slippery  realm of the unreliable narrator, suggesting a multiplicity of meanings,  perceptual translations, and poetic possibilities.

Barry Stone lives and works in Austin, Texas. His work will be featured  in zingmagazine Winter 2013. He has exhibited at the International  Center for Photography and Artist’s Space in New York, at the Austin  Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, and at the Lawndale Art Center in  Houston, Texas. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine  Arts, Houston.

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Collette McGruder