• apocalyptic archaeology

    Apocalyptic Archaeology features works that are depictions of a ruined world. The works are meditations on the brevity of life, and reveal the awareness of passing time, erosion and decay, and the ultimate deterioration of manmade artifacts, such as architecture, interiors, and landscapes.

  • dreams and memories

    Dreams and Memories includes works that explore the intangible and inescapable realm of the psyche. The artists pose questions about the nature and meaning of recalled experiences, and about the way in which dreams and memories intersect and even morph from one level of consciousness to another.

  • voyeurs/provocateurs

    Voyeur/Provocateurs includes subversively witty scenes-satirical commentaries on art, culture, and politics. These works make the viewer into Peeping Toms that spy on secret scenes.

  • unnatural nature

    Unnatural Nature features work by artists that recreate natural environments using artificial materials and found objects which fool us into believing they are real places.view

category:  Apocalyptic Archaeology
Untitled 2001 (#001)

New York photographic and installation artist Adam Baer creates aperture-specific constructions which visually fuse disparate elements of atmosphere, sections of architecture and fragments of narrative. The work uses the physics of spatial relationships between people and objects in concert with the viewer’s learned experience of ocular perception as a means of both constructing and deconstructing extraordinary photographic spaces through complex tableaux narratives. The work explores the vast disconnect between what is experienced in two dimensional representation and three dimensional reality.



Baer's creative process begins with the construction of a large, intricate, labor and time-intensive set that takes many months to complete. Actors are then cast to inhabit the set and play parts in an ambiguous drama. The scene is finally photographed with a large format view camera at which point an illusion of convergence of the various atmospheres occurs. Baer's work results in large color photographs of bafflingly strange spaces in which laws of gravity are defied, architectural spaces confused, and our experiences of the physical world refuted. Visual cues that normally help us make sense of our surroundings and of art such as scale, depth, consistent light sources and angle of plane are distorted to produce a deliberately dream-like result. Although Baer's images exhibit a distinctly surreal look, each print originates from a single negative exposed only once.



Thus, the photograph's oddity derives not from digital manipulation but from the peculiar combination of set design, the swings and tilts characteristic of the view camera, and the particular choice of aperture. Amongst a sea of digitally altered images, Baer's creations are a testament to previsualization, progressive invention, and pure photography.


72 x 90" Dye Coupler (aka Type-C) Print & 7' x 22' x 33' Mixed Media Installation