My Constructed Voids step into the spaces of my in-between. I gaze upon these photographs and wonder if their metaphor represents spaces inside of me or if the metaphor points to my presence inside of a larger multiverse.
These Voids merge mystery with spectacle in a manner that queries expectations of the contemporary photograph. I position them as ethereal landscapes—sublime, yet otherworldly—and embrace the idea that their visual ambiguity invites interpretation. To that end, their titles (Parna, Quin, Amsu, Jern) are fabricated words intended to strip away narrative connotation and encourage meditative consideration.
西尔·阿里纳的摄影作品已在美国和世界各地展出。其中最值得关注的是：纽约光圈基金会的《2016光圈夏季公开展：摄影是魔术》，韩国CICA博物馆《现代摄影2018》和哈瓦那古巴Fototeca de Cuba的《古巴景象》。
Syl Arena is a California-based artist/educator known for his use of energetic color and his explorations of non-representational photography. In a manner that echoes the work of Bauhaus artists, Arena admits an obsession with the interaction of surface, color, and shadow. Looking beyond the world of abstraction, Arena positions his photographs as visions of new realities rather than an extraction of the scene before the lens and, thus, refers to them as “non-mimetic.”
Arena is also greatly interested in commenting on the loss of the photograph’s position as image-object in our screen-based world. He exhibits his Constructed Void series as unframed, large-scale prints (38”w x 54”h) that arc directly from the walls of the gallery. To add to the physicality of the work, under the movement of gallery ventilation or the breath of a curious viewer, the prints undulate gently and, if one walks past the prints quickly, they emit a rumble.
Arena’s photography has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Among the most noteworthy are: ‘2016 Aperture Summer Open: Photography Is Magic’ at the Aperture Foundation in New York, ‘Contemporary Photography 2018’ at the CICA Museum in Korea, and ‘Visions of Cuba’ at Fototeca de Cuba in Havana.