Lunar Calendars by Tom Turner

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My work questions the importance of movement and time to our perceptions of the landscape, while simultaneously stressing the sublimity of that movement.  By layering multiple source images and rearranging the color channels to create the single composite image, I question the fracturing of our memory just as a prism refracts white light into the component colors.  Through redistributing the component colors of light I examine the relationships between them – observing where they match up to create the expected image and where they fracture the consistency of expectation – hoping to discover the refractive index of memory.  Through the reassembling of the time color relationship we can discover the world’s variables.

For this series I investigate the cycling of the lunar calendar and how our perception of each phase combination changes across the light spectrum.  Through the use of appropriated lunar calendars, depictions of the lunar phases and lunar events, such as the lunar eclipse this work questions our constructed relationship to the earth’s moon.

I examine the relationship between man and the environment, Lunar Calendars, like many of my other works, flips the perspective to create distortions in the relationship of color and movement.  I question our own, arbitrary, perception of this celestial object.  These relationships – north is up / south is down, the back side of an object verses the front side, or true and false, are all constructions of our human experience and perspective.  My work seeks to challenge these preconceptions.



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“The landscape has the ability to both maintain and evoke memories. People live on the environment experiencing the changes taking place on a daily basis. The land marks these changes over time but eventually washes away the past and start fresh. I see the landscape as unique, in a constant state of flux, holding and only sparingly releasing the traces of those who have come before.”

Texas native Tom Turner became fascinated with the photographic image during his undergraduate studies at McMurry University.  Growing up in Sweetwater Texas exposed Turner at an early age to the stark landscape that is West Texas.  While attending The Brooks Institute of Photography in California, Turner began exploring the concept of investigation though the photographic image, themes which remain evident in his work today.  Upon completing his education in California he ventured back to Texas where he worked in the newspaper publishing industry for 4 years. Deciding to pursue a career change lead him to Lubbock Texas where he attend Texas Tech University and obtained an MFA in photography. Currently Turner lives in San Antonio where he is a Resident Artist and Co-Director of Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery as well as teaching several courses as an Adjunct Professor.

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