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These Arms are SnakesThe WallHide the SunColor Our World BlackenedOn LongingTo Build a NestInto the FogUp AgainstRainbow in the DarkBehind the Wall of SleepThe PrisonerHole in the SkyIn Dying LightLost in the Ozone, Broken and AloneThe Shortest StrawSnowblindInstallation at Daniel Cooney Fine Art
January 6 - February 12, 2011Installation at Daniel Cooney Fine Art 
January 6 - February 12, 2011Installation at Daniel Cooney Fine Art 
January 6 - February 12, 2011Installation at Daniel Cooney Fine Art 
January 6 - February 12, 2011Installation at Daniel Cooney Fine Art 
January 6 - February 12, 2011Installation at Daniel Cooney Fine Art 
January 6 - February 12, 2011Installation at Daniel Cooney Fine Art 
January 6 - February 12, 2011
On Longing, Distance and Heavy Metal
I recently rekindled my romance with heavy metal during a three year period where my home and professional lives existed in two separate cities. The weekly three and a half hour drive between the two was torturous. I was divided between two priorities, my career and my relationship. Metal provided refuge for my angst and frustration; it can make time pass for me like no other kind of music.

Through that filter of distress and restlessness, I connected with the North Carolina and Virginia landscape I was passing through. I saw in it an energy similar to my own. Engaging in a longstanding conversation between visual art and music, the photographs in On Longing, Distance and Heavy Metal, represent that energy. Made at dawn and dusk with a large format view camera, the photographs are complex and dissonant, sometimes barren, sometimes lovely, and densely layered like both heavy metal and my internal state. I have drawn upon the history of landscape photography to project my psychological condition onto the natural world. My goal is to evoke in the viewer a response to the work that is equivalent to the response I had to my surroundings.

My favorite metal takes the listener on a journey. The progression of sound is not necessarily predictable, it builds on a solid foundation, and layers instruments, voices and energy. It is complicated, often unbalanced, dense, and shares a story. A dedicated listener is enveloped by the sound, temporarily held inside the tangled web it creates. As I drive through the landscape of Virginia and North Carolina, I look for photographs that will hold the viewer in that same space.




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