Temple Creek, a branch of Escalante River, Aquarius Plateau Utah n.d. (Stereoscopic view)
The San Francisco–based artist Shaun O’Dell often uses natural settings as subject matter, lending an artistic complexity to the landscapes he depicts. Stereoscopic images are dual, slightly offset identical pictures that, when seen through a special viewing device, appear three-dimensional. In Temple Creek, a branch of Escalante River, Aquarius Plateau Utah n.d. (Stereoscopic view) (2011) O’Dell has chopped each of the two side-by-side images into 10 vertical strips and mixed them up, to construct a new image. The reconfiguration lends the resulting piece a three-dimensional quality that hints at the artist’s interest in creating new and intertwining realities, simultaneously natural and human-made.
Shaun O’Dell’s drawings, videos, music, and occasional sculpture explore the intertwining realities of human and natural orders.