Delving into the mystery of individual existence in modern life is the theme of A Light Behind Every Window, according to the presenting artist Bryn Forbes. This exhibition focuses on city scapes from around the world colliding in color-filled images, illustrating how frenzied and isolated people are becoming in the worlds of glass and steel, buildings, and vehicles, and screens.
Collapsing the incredible complexity of a three-dimensional city into flat layers of chaos simulates the feeling Bryn Forbes gets from seat 12F on final approach to LAX. He’s processing how incredibly complex a city is—imagining a blueprint for every window, every faded and chipped sign, every coat on a hook, every picture on a refrigerator—all in one’s brain, all at the same moment.
Bryn Forbes grew up in San Luis Obispo, then continued his high tech career in the Bay Area and Research Triangle of North Carolina. Merging his interests, he opened The Bryn Forbes Gallery in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon, and now has brought his artistry back to San Luis Obispo. He combines photography, mosaics, digital paintings, mathematically-generated art and is perpetually overworking his cameras, his computers, and his CNC routers as tools of artistic exploration.
A Light Behind Every Window asks how art, technology, and architecture affect empathy, community, connection, and isolation.