In the Studio
For many years I have found the atmosphere of the studio to be intriguing. I like the solitude and the silence. But mostly I love the light, the way it enlivens and energizes whatever I place on the set while the rest of the space remains dark. It seems to make anything I subject to its radiance look beautiful. It is an experience not unlike getting under the dark cloth of a view camera or perhaps walking alone at night in the desert with a flashlight. I chose the title In the Studio for this work as a way of acknowledging the process of working in the studio environment and its affect on my vision.
In the Summer issue of Art Forum, Nord Wennerstrom wrote:
The shots -- mostly still lifes and tableaux -- border on the surreal, a significant departure from the empiricist landscape photography for which the artist is best known. Moreover, they demonstrate in subtle ways his ability to intertwine irony and wit with an acute sense of texture and a resourceful use of found objects. …. With this show DiPerna joined the lineage of artists who embrace artifice as a new reality.