Experiencing Ed Bateman’s digital imagery is a bit like entering a strange high-tech plain; the atmosphere is fragmented, enhanced, multiplied and/or skewed. Clever arrangements, often relating to scientific theories or lending insight to obscure themes, draw the viewer in and are fascinating to explore. “Although some elements in my work depict ‘real’ things, many objects have never had a tangible physical existence. These elements are modeled completely inside the world of a computer. They are ghosts made of nothing more substantial than numbers, yet they seemingly share a tangible space with objects that have both physicality and history. My method of working mimics light itself, one beam at a time, in a process that can take from hours to days to complete and involve literally trillions of calculations. My work appears photographic and often comments on photography (or other processes of lens-based image creation), but my works are not photographs.”
Bateman’s work has been shown internationally in over twenty countries and is included in several museum collections.