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Each image is size variable to 40 inches at maximum width. Editions of 9.
 

 

Untitled, 2016.
Untitied, 2016. From the series: The Alternatives

Each image is size variable to 40 inches at maximum width. Editions of 9.

I use photography as a departure point for creating images that also include overlays of appropriated web artifacts, woven patterns rendered at strange resolutions, and other pieces of digitized information. For over ten years I have been investigating the visual intersections of photography and networked computing. This work evolved out of the simple wish to understand and make visible something about the onset of screen culture, and the way photography both saturates and mediates contemporary experience.

In “The Alternatives” I present intimate photographs made with a variety of camera devices that are overlaid with “screens” created in Photoshop. The screens bend and distort the visual accessibility and implied narrative of the underlying image(s), and are composed of scans of things like optical illusions, hybridized patterns from children’s books, sections of maps, computational models, and objects from mathematics. While I hope the project presents a record of relationship and intimacy, the series is also meant to challenge many of our assumptions around the ubiquitousness of photographic images and our digital identities. I want my prints to push and pull the viewer – to hook the eye toward investigating further into the materiality of the object. At the macro level, the printed files (which are built at forty inch widths) are about figuration and the sometimes clumsy objectification(s) of partnership. Microscopically, however, they are composed of more abstract and confounding bits of data.

I’m curious about perception (particularly of those people close to me) and how it is mutable over time with shifts in context and relationship.

“The Alternatives” are questions about questions I can’t easily answer. What is the magnetism and sometimes confusion of visual love and longing, and where does it come from in the mind? Who is this person that so strongly holds my attention and heart, and why?

What remains if our precious data is lost?

Each image is size variable to 40 inches at maximum width. Editions of 9.

For more information about this work please consider reading:

Jon Feinstein’s profile on the Humble Arts Foundation Blog

this interview with Katherine October Matthews in GUP Magazine

this interview and feature on SMBHMag by Barry Hughes,

this feature on SLATE by David Rosenberg,

this interview and profile by Jennifer Schwartz on the Crusade for Art Blog,

or this feature on WIRED by Jakob Schiller.