Tiehm’s Buckwheat (Eriogonum tiehmii), Last 10 Acres of Habitat, Nevada and more art by Eric Zeigler

Tiehm’s Buckwheat (Eriogonum tiehmii), Last 10 Acres of Habitat, Nevada, 2022
20 x 25 inch (h x w)
Archival Injet Print


My artistic research focuses on the pressures between representation and reality through the creation and dissemination of imagery. I create photographic images that purposefully exploit the problematic contemporary western cultural categorizations and presumptions that are placed on photographic and lens-based imagery. I photograph the world — the world I can see, as well as the public domain — and create sculptures exclusively for photographing. Through all these processes I am curating a set of images that engage the viewer in the conceit and deceit of the image’s actual construction, while maintaining and utilizing well known methods of seductive image creation.

The work questions the necessity of being in a place to photograph and understand it, and what the exploration of a place, or outer space, means to the contemporary world of photography. Is it real exploration if a human is not present in the space? Our seen version of the world has been simultaneously explored and photographed while we walk through it, and the photographs I make reach into the previously unseen.
This 4x5 film photograph of the American West visually connects the current moment of contested resource and mineral extraction with the history of land surveys of the 1870s designed to understand the material resource availability of the west. The similarity of the medium to the historical photographic medium reflects the lack of change in laws governing these western spaces, which favor short term capital interests instead of ecological or cultural futures.
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other works by Eric Zeigler

LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gra..., 2020
24 x 36 inch (h x w)
Archival Inkjet Print

OSIRIS-REX Disturbed Surface, 2021
36 x 60 inch (h x w)
Archival Injet Print

more from IVLA Expo 2022

Even with our eyes open/closed, 2022

Bendtwist III, 2020
Sculpture VR

I am Nadja, 2022
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Birdcage | Gramophone Feather ..., 2021
Digital Art

one color as two, north and so..., 2019


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