The eerily lit interiors in Kalpakjian’s pictures do not exist in three-dimensional reality. Devoid of human presence, these virtual spaces were created on the computer with architectural design programs such as Form Z and Lightscape. The artist begins by drawing a simple model on the screen, using the imaging software to manipulate light, shadow, tone, and surface texture. Finally, he selects a view of the virtual space and renders the resulting image as a photographic print. This shadowy institutional corridor, with its vaguely unsettling feeling of airlessness, offers an apt metaphor for the sterile functionality of contemporary bureaucratic culture.
Inscription: Gallery label adhered to verso: "Robert Miller Gallery // Craig Kalpakjian // CORRIDOR II 1999 // Cibachrome mounted on Aluminum // 30 x 40 in. // 76.2 x 101.6 centimeters // 1/6 // RMG#Kj9902.020-C"
Robert Miller Gallery, representing the artist.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "After Photoshop," September 25, 2012–May 27, 2013.