Myles Dunigan

 

In an era where we feel increasingly displaced from the natural world, due to polarizing ecological rhetoric or the ever-encroaching role technology plays in our daily experiences, I believe there exists a need for the unreal, the unseen. This is not a call for fantasy, but rather a radical restructuring and reevaluation of the world around us.

We can no longer treat images as mere facsimiles, or the physical world as infallible verity. One needs to simply turn on the news and switch between channels to experience alternate realities. My preferred arena is one of contradictions, where time, space, and history ebb and flow to reveal something mystical at the edge of preconception. By convoluting the truth of the landscape image through my process, I strive to reveal its artifice, documenting a new world designed to interrogate our expectations of ‘natural’, and what may occur when both technology and nature leave

us behind.

 

My work explores how imaging technologies, climatological anxieties, and our physical experience of nature collide. In an era of scientific skepticism and ‘fake news’, reality has become pervaded by uncertainty. I employ myriad printmaking, photography and digital methods to build densely layered, liminal prints that subtly investigate the verity of landscape imagery. By constructing and documenting models that embody a dialectic between observed and fabricated nature, my practice operates as an extended

metaphor for broad-reaching uncertainties regarding human impact on the ecosystem and the sustainability of our world. Styrofoam rocks populate prairies. Digitally generated fog obfuscates rocky coastlines. Vistas become layered to the point of being nearly indiscernible. Sometimes apocalyptic, sometimes meditative, I meticulously distill the tropes of pictorial landscape imagery to ultimately arrive at no-place, nowhere: the culmination of our collective anxiety.

 

Myles Dunigan is an American artist and educator born in Massachusetts. His work addresses ecological anxieties and the role of technology in imaging the natural world

through the apocalyptic and the spiritual. Dunigan was trained as a printmaker at the Rhode Island School of Design and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Kansas. His

recent exhibitions include the International Printmaking Center of New York, the Boston Public Library, the Far Eastern Museum of Fine Art in Khabarovsk, Russia, and Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco. Dunigan currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

www.mylesdunigan.com

IG: @mylesdunigan

https://www.artfilemagazine.com/Myles-Dunigan

 

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