Lot 01
Ben Alper

Untitled (Conflation)

Archival pigment print
17x12 inches
Signed on the verso
Edition 1 of 3
Donated by the artist

Conflation is a series of digital composites that originate from multiple images of the same object or space. Depicting marginal or derelict urban sites, the pictures represent a patchwork of decisions made behind the camera. Each shift in composition or vantage point, every attempt to alter the spatial relationships between objects and planes, speaks to a photographic process that is at once iterative, curious and uncertain. Ben Alper holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has been exhibited widely, including at Higher Pictures in New York and the Nasher Museum in Durham, NC.

Community Perspectives

Ben Alper is a master guide to looking. From projects like An Index of Walking and Terrain Vague, eyes and the camera become synonymous tools. Alper is able to make us aware of how we are using sight. I feel as though I have become hyper-aware of focusing and unfocusing my eyes and my scope of vision as a viewfinder. In the series Conflation, Alper adds a lens of overt digital manipulation. The constructed space is an enhanced reality where my eyes swim through reflections and refractions of ordinary objects.- Ema Furusho, 2019-2020 Scholar @ Silver Eye

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