Light Graffiti

The spontaneity of the Abstract Expressionists, culminating in the emotional intensity that defined their movement, is epitomized in the work by Scott Alger. Alger’s photographic process, a beautiful performance piece in itself, relies on chance and impulse. Subjects are positioned by Alger and then, action: the lights flash, twist and turn as he dances around the posing figures, lights in hand. This intricate caper may last up to fifteen minutes depending on the intended size of the piece. It is not until the rolls of film are processed that their contents are revealed. Through this method, Alger is able to connect three-dimensional space and its contents, using immaterial light and chance.

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