Figuring Space employs the human figure to probe the meaning of space.
“Until we encounter a boundary, or until it is replaced with something else, space is completely invisible to us. We perceive space only when it ends,” writes Ricardo Barros. “I was curious as to how one might photograph space itself.”
Barros employs figures to visually probe the extent of an allotted space. But for Barros, space is a metaphor. “Space can mean many things, ranging from physical clearance to opportunity, to loss, to comfort level in a relationship,” he says. “I soon realized that both figure and box were a portal through which I could address larger concerns. These range from the distinction between ‘naked’ and ‘nude’ to an artist’s purpose.”
And with this realization Barros’ own creative space expanded. What started out as a collection of photographs blossomed into a monograph and 2,700-word essay, and then into a distinct, 9-minute video.
Prints are presently available in two sizes: image size 13″x17″ matted to 20″x24″ for $1,000, and image size 4.5″x6″ matted to 14″x18″ for $600. Contact Ricardo Barros for more details.