At first glance, you might not be able to tell whether Biff Henrich's new works on view at Eleven Twenty Projects are paintings or photographs.
That's just the way he's designed it. His work, created entirely within his camera and not subject to after-the-fact editing, represents his attempt to "shape a new reality through [an] unusual and impromptu process," according to a release form the gallery.
"Henrich forces himself to function within a specific set of parameters as an effort to realize an unexpected image," the statement reads. "He is reinjecting the painterly into the photographic and the analog into the digital."
The result is a curious and sometimes entrancing hybrid between photography and painting, a representation of something -- exactly what, we don't know -- that is open to interpretation from the viewer in the same way an abstract painting by Jackson Pollock or Clyfford Still might be.
"While time and space are inescapable subjects in reading of a photograph," the statement reads, "these images are indefinite and often ethereal, functioning more as color field paintings, inviting the audience to have their own personal, emotional, and imaginative response."
"Biff Henrich: The Structure of Things Part II" opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday in Eleven Twenty Projects, 1120 Main St., and runs through June 3. Call 882-8100 or visit eleventwentyprojects.com.