Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5
More or Less, 2016, Archival inkjet on Baryta paper, 22 ½" x 22 ½". Courtesy of the artist.
At first glance, Justin Berry’s images appear to be black and white photographs of scenic landscapes. Each is a composite, however, of hundreds of screen captures, stitched together to create seamless and high-resolution pictures of videogame worlds. In this most recent of his photography series, the artist enters the realm of wargames. Instead of playing the game to reach a level or goal, he roams through a virtual reality’s exteriors, interiors, deserts, temples, forests and mountain villages, fighting off attackers in order to “take photographs” through the gaze of the avatar. For Berry, there is something telling about these arenas, where values can change and shift. The choices made on these virtual platforms impact our understanding of the everyday, becoming part of the methodology by which we engage simulated as well as physical environments. As the walls between the virtual and the real blur, and in some ways fade entirely away, Berry’s work seeks to provide the tools imperative to understanding how the increasing digitization and gamification of our world affect our senses and values.
Berry’s work has been exhibited at Cave, Detroit, MI; CUAC Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT; Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX; Chelsea Art Museum and Interstate Projects in New York, NY; as well as venues in London, Strasbourg and Peru. His work has been featured and reviewed in such publications as Frieze, Hyperallergic, The L Magazine, Pin-Up Magazine, SCREEN and Media-N. He is a recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts. Berry received an MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Art.
Public Collection, 2016, Archival inkjet on Baryta paper, 22 1/2” x 22 1/2”. Courtesy of the artist.
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.