New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 1962.
In 1985, he graduated in literature from Hamilton College. In 1989, he was awarded an MFA in sculpture by the Rhode Island Design School.
He performs his work with a great variety of techniques and means, including watercolours, photography, glass, electronics, video and fluorescent lights. He investigates and studies the ways in which history, memory and sensorial and visual perception merge and influence each other mutually thanks to lighting installations. He is well known for creating sculptural installations on a large scale that filter or transform natural light or create effects using synthetic light. He measures, observes and documents with scientific accuracy the natural light in a place and a specific time, using a colorimeter. Afterwards, he reconstructs the luminosity of this place based on artificial means. He recreates his impressions of natural phenomena and landscapes. He is inspired by Claude Monet. For example, in Moonlight (Condado de Luna, New Mexico, July 13th 2003), he reproduces the exact light of a full moon shining over the desert of Condado de Luna, New Mexico on the night of July 13th, 2003.
Finch claims: "There is always an inherent paradox regarding vision, a desire impossible to see yourself seeing. A large part of my work investigates this tension, wanting to see, but not being able to."
He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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