Spencer Cook

I see it as my artistic responsibility to erase the delta between lived reality and ideal reality. My work masquerades as portraiture but is more concerned with the landscapes depicted rather than the people. Human subjects attract the viewer to the composition, but once their attention has been captured, it is the background and other seemingly incidental details of the images that work to retain attention. The visual style of these “pseudo-portraits” is often high resolution, high contrast and high saturation, using flash to help achieve these qualities. This style creates an intense hyperreality where the images seem almost too vivid and too perfect to exist in our world.