Albert Sagan for Art-Sheep
All images courtesy of Bill Durgin
American photographer Bill Durgin manipulates the viewer’s perception of a scene by handling the human in such a way that distorted geometries and conceptual compositions are created.
The snuggled and displaced body figures, which are often hidden inside or behind carton boxes and wooden blocks, examine the physical restraint from a different point of view. The result is a series of photographs both interesting as well as a little disquieting.
In this project, Durgin works with his own body and also with the bodies of performers and dancers who take distortion to the extreme, and produces a set of living sculptures. The artist lets only a modest amount of skin, muscles and limbs to be revealed and so the viewers are left on their own to make sense of which body part is which, as knees could be shoulders and calves appear to be like necks. Dismantling the bodily typical features and blending them with inorganic items, Durgin results in creating compositions that are both anatomical and architectural.