Just when I think I understand Ed Bateman’s images he throws a curve and I have to start all over.
You think it’s an original 19th-century studio portrait framed on a photographer’s carte de visite, a nod to the ancestors. Then you look closer and something is very wrong. You trusted the patina, the formality, the tint, the truth that we all assume photographs convey. But you are deceived: The child version of great grandmother Hedy (or is it great-grandfather Fred?) is posed next to a robot dog. It almost seems a travesty but you can’t stop looking at the image. What can you trust?
Edward Bateman’s latest work makes manifest the adage that one can create mountains out of molehills — molehills made from little bits of plastic and representing real-life Utah mountains. The artist provides small models of his molehills cum mountains (or is it the reverse?) at Phillips Gallery, where a fine […]
Noted internationally for his digital imaging artwork and for never knowing what month it is, U. assistant Professor Ed Bateman just now got back to us with the answer to our January question as to what he was up to in 2015. (We have a new query for […]
Ed Bateman in his office at the University of Utah. Photo by Simon Blundell Istill have a card on my refrigerator from Phillips Gallery from 2005 that I am not ready to stop looking at — a computerized montage on Ralph Waldo Emerson by Edward Bateman with an […]
Ed Bateman — teacher, printmaker, and contributor to 15 Bytes — once said, “Every object exists in two worlds. One is the tangible that we know through our senses, and another exists only in our minds.” He might have added that we dress the things in our minds in […]
Since the first ARTISTIC TEMPERAMENTS (March 2008) focused on the very “material” question of Damien Hirst’s platinum-and-diamond skull entitled “For the Love of God,” I figured something completely “immaterial” and “virtual” made sense for the second installment of this feature. I find fascinating the mutability of the fine […]
In our December 2006 edition of 15 Bytes, Tom Alder’s column focused on LeConte Stewart. We illustrated the article with images of a number of the Christmas cards Stewart created each year and sent to family and friends. We’ve decided to continue the artist Christmas card tradition and this year […]
by Tom Livesay & Anna Marie Boles The following was originally published in Utah 2006: Fine Crafts & Photography, the exhibition catalogue for the Utah Arts Council’s Annual Statewide Exhibition on exhibit through November 2006. The show was juried by the authors. Tom Livesay is the director of the Whatcom Museum of History […]
Edward Bateman is an assistant professor at the University of Utah and teaches art in the Photography/Digital Imaging program.