Reception: November 18th, 7-10PM
On the UAS Barewalls
The project began with a desire to infuse the photographic process and resulting image with an additional layer of complexity and meaning. The camera is a highly complex tool which mediates to a great extent the properties of the photographic image. It becomes too easy for that technology to mask the purpose and intentions of the artist and what he or she is wanting to communicate and share with an audience. The person behind the camera becomes readily interchangeable. Likewise, behind a mask there comes a loss of the self and the construction of a new identity through the representations put forth by the mask. The focus becomes that of the mask. Too easy it is to become detached. By going through the complexities of the mask building, a greater involvement with the project is required, by both artist and subject. The technical and technological elements of the photographic image become part of a larger interactive process. That process in turn brings about the exposure of that which the mask traditionally serves to conceal and alter. Both parties are involved with the literal construction of a persona, one that is built through physical and figurative layers to form a unique identity and body of work.
Coming from a background of psychology and architecture, Dradmeyer came to study and became influenced by the artworks of the German Expressionism period and the Bauhaus. Through a self-directed exploration of photography, and the construction of the visual field, Dradmeyer experiments with subjective perceptions of an illusionary reality. There is the belief in the importance of a technical knowledge and understanding of the photographic tool-set and how that knowledge can then be best applied to achieve the desired expression.