Fred U Needham

There and Back Again

A story told with holograms and laser etchings in the context of an acrylic octagonal construction.

Holographic Embodiment at the HoloCenter on Governors Island
August 31 – October 27, 2019

Fred U Needham There and Back Again installation at Holographic Embodiment
Fred U Needham, There and Back Again, 2015
Octagonal sculpture with holograms and laser etchings, 22 x 22 x 14″

‘Light, captured and replayed through holograms, is my current focus. 3D on a thin piece of film. Windows with a memory. I blend the found with the reasoned, exploring the process of resonating and connecting with others through my images. Synapses and orb spider webs come to mind. To me, holograms have something in common with bas relief, newspaper headlines, and sound bites: the reality of the experience is guided by the perspective of the observer.
My two strongest influences have been E.F. Hebner and Sidney Chafetz, both while I attended The Ohio State University. Through studies with Hebe, in his Intermedia program, I delved into observation, conceptualization, and presentation. Sid was well known for his satire, and his historical portraits, often executed as woodcuts. His underlying and enduring social consciousness was particularly evident in his later series, “The Perpetrators”. Time has allowed me to ruminate upon, and to digest, some of their lessons.’

Fred U Needham studied at Ohio State University, College of the Arts and completed the Advanced Holography course in 2016. Recent participation in exhibitions includes ‘IMAGEOhio 19’, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH ‘Stepping Stones’ (2018) at Bexley Public Library, OH and ‘boXed’ (2016) at Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA