Black Gallery: Dark Room by Terry Cunniff, Bill Thomas & John Trefethen When a small hole is made in the wall of a dark room, an inverted image of the scene outside the window appears on the opposite wall of the room. This phenomena appears to have been known to the Chinese as early as […]
This work is about the way we find definition of character. As I sit here I contemplate my place in society-my worth. I question what role I play and how effective I am at playing it. I wonder if my work stands on its own and what it communicates. For the answers to these questions I read through various notes—thank yous, love letters, letters of recommendation and old birthday cards. I find many words describing my character, adjectives that praise and shed some light onto the qualities of my mind and feeling. I find definition of myself through the act of reading these notes.
When a small hole is made in the wall of a dark room, an inverted image of the scene outside the window appears on the opposite wall of the room. The camera obscura, literally “veiled chamber” in Latin, at once simple and profound, focuses attention on the wonder of light and the sensory mechanism with which we perceive it. Enjoy the vantage point created in this room. Stay for hours, come back again and again, to watch the leaves, the sky, passersby, unaware.
I am interested in the authority of writing and its ability to define a truth and insert meaning into a work. I want the viewer to consider how the concept of any given work of art is inherent in the piece itself. However, I also want the viewer to acknowledge how the interpretation of the artwork can be altered by its author simply by adding a certain historical reference or “factual” piece of evidence in the form of a convincing statement.