Two of Cameron Gainer's works, _[ , a depiction of the Loch Ness Monster and Forest Through the Trees, a depiction of Bigfoot were on display at Fairchild from December 2009 to May of 2010. Gainer resisted naming his pieces after the mythical creatures they portray and used a combination of keystrokes as the official name of his Loch Ness piece. Both works are taken from famous hoax photographs. Gainer works point out that photos can often alter a perception and play tricks with reality. His work is pictured below.
To view a gallery of photos of Cameron Gainer's art at Fairchild, click here.
About the Artist
Cameron Gainer is an American film and installation artist. Born in Minneapolis, MN in 1973, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 1999, and then entered the prestigious Tyler School of Art (Temple University, Philadelphia) where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2003. He earned two significant public commissions in New York City in 2006 and 2007 that enabled him to create the two sculptures that will be displayed at Fairchild. In 2008 he was appointed Resident Artist at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Subsequently, he returned to Minnesota where he currently lives. His work has been exhibited in more than two dozen galleries. For the exhibition at Fairchild he explores the presence and power of photography in contemporary sculpture. Specifically, he chose famous photographs that turned out to be hoaxes to demonstrate how a photo can catalyze belief and disbelief, thus affecting human perception and cognition.
Art at Fairchild is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lin Lougheed and Aaron I. Fleischman.