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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Tom Turner

SPE Member since 2012
Member Chapter: South Central

2016 Caucus Application Portfolio

Through my artwork I examine the importance of time to our perception of the landscape, while also considering our relationship to the environment. “Lunar Calendars” explores depictions of lunar phases by fracturing the expected white moonlight into its component colors. Rearranging the RGB channels of multiple layered images illustrates the fracturing of our perception of color as a fixed entity and how time alters our understanding of the landscape. Misaligning the plates within the images performs the same function as a prism when refracting white light into the component colors, creating unusual ghosting where differences occur.

“Lunar Calendars” consisting of photographs as well as a video installation, began as appropriated imagery from space agencies around the world. The act of appropriation from publicly funded organizations like NASA reinforces a universal ownership of the celestial object orbiting the earth. Like other “Color of Memory” works “Lunar Calendars” creates vibrant depictions of the moon by creating distortions in the relationships of the moon’s phases. This work brings attention to our own connection with Earth’s natural satellite.

Lunar Calendar: Phase First Quarter; Phase Full Phase Waxing Gibbous

Lunar Calendar: 2014 Moon Phase Calendar Northern Hemisphere

Lunar Calendar: Phase First Quarter; Phase Full; Phase New

Lunar Calendar: Phase New; Phase Third Quarter; Phase Waning Crescent

Lunar Calendar: Phase Waning Crescent; Phase Waning Gibbous; Phase Waxing Crescent

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