Funny Fence, 2003
Ink jet print
4 1/2 x 19 5/8 on 8 1/2 by 24 inch paper
Signed Edition of 50
(United States, b. 1948)
Tom Bamberger's digitally created panoramas are inspired by one question -- how far can the horizon line of an image be convincingly extended? Attracted to inherently repetitious scenery -- housing developments, farmland, highways, vineyards -- Bamberger seamlessly extends these landscapes by drawing and repeating information from single negatives. As the landscapes grow and the repetition becomes more easily identified, his questioning becomes more complicated. How natural or artificial are these images when repetition is intrinsic to these subjects to begin with? Bamberger then works with the cloned imagery, removing the limb of a tree, or adding a window to a house, in an effort to mimic the subtle diversity already existing in these scenes.