Eric Cahan is a New York based artist whose work is defined by several focal points. Among them: light, specifically the light generated by the sun at sunrise and sunset, science, nature, and the ephemeral quality of memories. Equipment in tow, Cahan heads outside at a carefully chosen hour of morning or evening to begin creating one of his flawless, ethereal works of art.

Cahan uses his work as a visual journal, cataloging his extensive travels. Each photograph in his current project, Sky Series, is titled with the specific time and location of its conception, allowing the viewer to see in his work his unique interpretation of a specific time and place.

Cahan uses an elaborate technical process in the creation of each of his works. He makes colored resin filters to hold in front of the lens before shooting the picture. These filters alter the colors in the image and Cahan knows which color he is trying to conjure and alters accordingly. Cahan works at sunrise and sunset, and often at the water’s edge, in order to manipulate the light and shadow: “My mission is to capture light. Light is the true subject of the series: its constant mystery, the way it shifts and colors everything around it nature.”

Cahan further explores the manipulation of light in his polyester resin sculptures. Made from the same material as surfboards and sailboards, they are in their own way three-dimensional interpretations of his photographs. The way light behaves and interacts with the material of Cahan’s sculptures depends entirely on the sculptures environment. If outdoors, earth and sky are visible through and filtered by the sculpture’s material. If indoors, the resin will predominately reflect the light around it, acting much like a prism.

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