Art + Science: In the Dark: Scott Alario
After the lights had gone out in his home, Scott Alario brought out his infrared camera and created a photography series capturing the movements of his family members after dark. In this series, entitled Night Waking (2012), Alario positioned his camera in different locations within and near his home. The viewer is offered a glimpse into the candid nighttime life of one family.
Alario approached the subject matter of home and family by appropriating a scientific methodology. Not only did he activate motion detection technology to capture each photograph, but he also elected to keep embedded information (temperature, date and time) visible on each photograph. Yet, there’s a feeling within this series that is so unscientific, speaking to the viewer about family, believability and real life.
The photographs illustrate a detectable break from the nocturnal solitude, seen, for instance, in the glowing eyes of his family members, creating a surreal pause. Yet it’s this odd tension, aided by science and infused with art that truly mimics life.
Scott Alario (b. 1983, New Haven) is an artist living and working in Providence, RI. His practice uses photography and is a collaboration with his wife Marguerite Keyes, and children Elska and Marco. The family works together to stage, perform, and edit the images. Alario received an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2006. Group exhibitions include Surface to Air, (curated by RJ Supa) RadiatorArts, Long Island City, NY, 2016, Love 2016 (curated by Rachel Stern), LeRoy Nieman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, NY, 2016, and Touch the Moon, (curated by Kristen Lorello) Louis B. James, NY, 2014. His work has been discussed in Collector Daily, Time Lightbox, Vice.com, American Photograph, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He is a 2013 Critical Mass Finalist and the recipient of a 2012 Fellowship Merit Award from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Alario is represented by Kristen Lorello, NYC.
The pictures in this series were made with a camera designed to catch game on the trail, using a motion trigger and an infrared digital sensor. By setting up the trail cam in my home, I hoped to catch my toddler in her frequent night wakings. Less interested in surveillance, I was mostly curious about the elusive gestures of a sleep walking creature.
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