“Veiled Strangers” was taken on a recent trip to North Adams, MA to MassMOCA. The image appeared to me among the installation artist Lee Boroson’s “Plastic Fantastic” – the artist’s largest-ever exhibition explores the elemental and ephemeral in landscape.
I saw the image in a split second and said “stop” to my wife and son, then quickly re-positioned them back in to the spots where I first saw them.
I had my new Fujifilm x100t compact camera with me. After post-processing in Adobe Lightroom the final processing was used using DAP Carver to give the image an artwork feeling.
— Edward Fielding, 2015
One view is that as a religious item, it is intended to show honor to an object or space. The actual sociocultural, psychological, and sociosexual functions of veils have not been studied extensively but most likely include the maintenance of social distance and the communication of social status and cultural identity. The Quran has no requirement that women cover their faces with a veil, or cover their bodies with the full-body burqa or chador.
Plastic Fantastic, New York based artist Lee Boroson creates immersive installations that use inflatables, fabric, and light to create phenomenological experiences based on elemental forces in nature. Boroson’s title alludes to utopian ideas held by past generations about the shiny and new as symbols of the future. Boroson makes full use of the museum’s renovated buildings to construct four discreet, yet related components that create a new landscape within the architecture of a massive gallery space.