I think that there isn’t a clean seamlessness to our daily interactions with technology but instead an often awkward, at times clumsy, and occasionally poetic, back and forth. These are the spaces and ruptures my work tries to mine. Our real world interactions with technology don’t adhere to the idealized space of apple ads. The world comes in, our handprint comes in. I’d like to explain how this plays out in these series.
I realized that if I scanned an iPad with my flatbed scanner, the light from the scanner would confuse the iPad and make it think it was being touched. The iPad’s screen would then start to turn or roll over to another web page. In this way the scans are of digital or web in between spaces which would not be visible otherwise. The iPad moved between pictures of the gallery I had taken before hand and emailed to myself and install shots from past shows visible through the gallery’s website.
Picture of Pad Scan:
Trying to rotate large images in photoshop while my hard drive was full I came across a kind of digital ‘thinking’ where the program stopped or stuttered halfway through its function, struggling to display it’s action.
I typically shoot very quickly and with flash. Importing from my camera there are always a large number of almost all black files where I failed to wait for the flash to recycle power where it had not gone off. Because the content wasn’t illuminated they became about surface. I printed them out as almost all black monochromes and let studio life run its course. They were moved around, stepped on and just generally roughed up. They went from these flat black prints to strange mangled 3-D objects. I then took them to the framer to try to re-tame them back into 2-D photographs which was impossible.
Picture of Blackout:
When I showed the first Blackouts in a gallery I photographed sections of them hanging on the wall. I also photograph the Blackout prints before they are mounted treating them as a kind of ephemera. These two types of new pictures were then put through the same original process of being printed out and left around the studio. This Picture of Blackout has been reshot, reprinted, dealt with physically, redigitzed, reshot off the computer screen over and over and over. Each time the work loses integrity or detail while picking up digital artifacting, color misregistration, etc. The UUUUUs in the upper left hand corner are the digital imprint from an art blog (www.kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunst.tumblr.com) that posted an ‘original’ version of the image which I then shot off of the computer screen, folding evidence of its online travel into the work.
Amidst a constant engagement with technology and machines and screens and digital landscape I feel a desire, at times, to escape. This piece was positing an exit that could never actually function — the rope of knotted pillowcases dead ended into the gallery’s ceiling. A kind of cartoonish childhood memory made as a retronymic alternative to our contemporary culture’s fantasy of escape into the technological space.