Andrew Puhl: Pole Barn
The Southwestern Virginia pole barn is a structure that symbolizes a sense of place for the region. Artist and Virginia Tech graduate student, Andrew Puhl, photo-documented these structures in their original landscapes for several years - often installing in them intensely colored fluorescent lights. Using the night sky as a backdrop, light adds a "haunted" aura to the images that dislocates a cultural identity that we customarily associate with these structures. The result is visually compelling and surreal.