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Spencer Finch Falling Leaves (maple), 2017

Spencer Finch
Falling Leaves (maple), 2017
Watercolor and pencil on paper
29 1/4 x 41 1/4 inches

Spencer Finch Squared Square (21), 2018

Spencer Finch
Squared Square (21), 2018
LED Lightbox, Fujitrans
32 x 32 x 4 1/2 inches

Spencer Finch Atlantic Ocean (Cadiz) April 3, 2015, 2015

Spencer Finch
Atlantic Ocean (Cadiz) April 3, 2015, 2015
Fluorescent fixtures and filters
Overall: 3 x 144 inches


Back to Kansas

Spencer Finch
Back to Kansas, 2015
Color aquatint and chine colle
Sheet: 43 x 60 inches
Edition of 35

Molecule Drawing

Spencer Finch
Molecule Drawing, 2013
Colored pencil on paper
22 x 30 inches


Spencer Finch uses a diverse range of mediums to investigate the ways in which history, memory, and sensory perception conflate and mutually influence. Working in painting, photography, and installation, Finch is best known for producing large-scale sculptural installations that filter or transform natural light or create synthetic light effects. Finch attempts to recreate his impressions of natural phenomena and landscapes, leaving his materials visible so that the constructs underlying his optical illusions are laid bare—as in Sunset (Over the Atlantic), 2004, a curving space installed with glass, tiles, and tubes of fluorescent light. “There is always a paradox inherent in vision, an impossible desire to see yourself seeing,” Finch has said. “A lot of my work probes this tension; to want to see, but not being able to.” Finch observes, documents, and studies with scientific precision (often using a colorimeter) the color and light effects of specific locations.