Brice Bischoff's Sculptural, Abstract Cave Art
When people refer to cave art they’re usually talking about those paleolithic paintings that overwhelmed Picasso when he first saw them and remain a point of fascination and inspiration to this day. But there are other types of cave art, notably Los Angeles photographer Brice Bischoff and his series of long-exposure images in the Bronson Caves, LA.
In the blackness of these man-built caves he brings a flash of light by moving around giant sheets of colored paper in his project Bronson Caves, to record what Bischoff refers to as “voluminous, glowing colors” that are “emerging from the mouth of the cave, dancing about the canyon, and bubbling up from the ground”. To do this he had to jig about with the sheets in front of the camera—in this regard Bischoff notes that the project becomes a performative piece as well as sculptural.
The photographs also nod to the cave’s history as a setting for numerous TV shows and films, but this time the fiction created is more abstract and fleeting. The resulting photographs look like rainbow dust clouds and ethereal entities emerging from the stillness of the caves, leaving a colorful apparition in their wake.
Images: © Brice Bischof
See Bischof’s series as part of the group exhibition Beyond the Barrier at the Camera Club of New York from 1st March to 6th April.
[via American Photo]