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Bill Armstrong, ‘Untitled (Film Noir #1436)’, 2012, ClampArt
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Bill Armstrong

Untitled (Film Noir #1436), 2012

Type-C print
This is part of a limited edition set.
48 × 40 in
121.9 × 101.6 cm
Edition of 5
$9,000
36 × 30 in
91.4 × 76.2 cm
Edition of 5
$8,500
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
Edition of 10
$3,600
Location
New York City
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ClampArt
New York City
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“Film Noir” revisits the themes of the classic black-and-white films of the 40s and 50s, but with …

“Film Noir” revisits the themes of the classic black-and-white films of the 40s and 50s, but with the lush, saturated colors for which Bill Armstrong is known. The solitary figures contemplating the unknown reference the ethical and philosophical dilemmas laid out in those stories. Armstrong’s mysterious images remain …

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Bill Armstrong
American, b. 1952
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Fascinated by the profound effect that color can have on perception and emotions, Bill Armstrong produces lush, semi-abstract, semi-figurative photographs. Working in series, he makes his photographs by taking intentionally blurred photographs of other photographs. For example, for his “Infinity” series, begun in 1997, Armstrong gathers existing photographs—of Roman sculpture, Old Master drawings, or film stills—and alters them in various ways, including cutting them apart or painting over them. He then sets his camera’s lens to “infinity”, an extremely out-of-focus range, and photographs these manipulated images. Explaining his process and its results, he writes: “Extreme de-focusing enables me to blend and distill hues, creating rhapsodies of color that are meditative pieces—glimpses into a space of pure color, beyond our focus, beyond our ken.”

Bill Armstrong, ‘Untitled (Film Noir #1436)’, 2012, ClampArt
Bill Armstrong, ‘Untitled (Film Noir #1436)’, 2012, ClampArt
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About the work
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“Film Noir” revisits the themes of the classic black-and-white films of the 40s and 50s, but with …

“Film Noir” revisits the themes of the classic black-and-white films of the 40s and 50s, but with the lush, saturated colors for which Bill Armstrong is known. The solitary figures contemplating the unknown reference the ethical and philosophical dilemmas laid out in those stories. Armstrong’s mysterious images remain …

Medium
Photography
Signature
Signed, titled, dated and numbered, verso
Bill Armstrong
American, b. 1952
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Fascinated by the profound effect that color can have on perception and emotions, Bill Armstrong produces lush, semi-abstract, semi-figurative photographs. Working in series, he makes his photographs by taking intentionally blurred photographs of other photographs. For example, for his “Infinity” series, begun in 1997, Armstrong gathers existing photographs—of Roman sculpture, Old Master drawings, or film stills—and alters them in various ways, including cutting them apart or painting over them. He then sets his camera’s lens to “infinity”, an extremely out-of-focus range, and photographs these manipulated images. Explaining his process and its results, he writes: “Extreme de-focusing enables me to blend and distill hues, creating rhapsodies of color that are meditative pieces—glimpses into a space of pure color, beyond our focus, beyond our ken.”

Bill Armstrong

Untitled (Film Noir #1436), 2012

Type-C print
This is part of a limited edition set.
48 × 40 in
121.9 × 101.6 cm
Edition of 5
$9,000
36 × 30 in
91.4 × 76.2 cm
Edition of 5
$8,500
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
Edition of 10
$3,600
Location
New York City
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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