4.19.2012

Old Press.

    From the CalArts MFA Class of 2011 Grad Show Catalog.

4.18.2012

Digital Applications (version 1.4)

                                                                                   A Digital Application detail.                                                                                
                                                                               



                                                                           
                                                                              A few of the digitally applied.                        
A few of the digitally applied.




                                                                         A Digital Application in progress.
a Digital Application in progress.

9.06.2011

digital applications (version 1.4)



It's my pleasure to announce 

digital applications (version 1.4)  

at 
 
ACME gallery
throughout the duration of 
Martin Kersels' exhibition Passionista
September 10 - October 8, 2011

I will be applying nail cursors in the gallery during the 
opening reception on
Saturday 
September 10th 
from 6-8pm
As well as Fridays and Saturdays  from  1pm-6pm 

Acme Gallery
6150 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048


I hope to see you and your hand there!



6.30.2011

Intimacies: 2011 Calarts MFA Grad Exhibition



June 25 - July 10

The Farley Building
1669 Colorado Bolevard
Eagle Rock, CA  90041

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday 12-6 
Friday - Sunday 12-8
and by appointment.


Video Screening
July 7
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles
90012



Some links:





6.15.2011

ok,ok,ok,ok. 2010

6.07.2011

found error

5.02.2011

Ok, Ok, Ok.

A few pictures from my MFA thesis exhibition at Calarts in April 2011. More to come.




4.20.2011

Previous blog worthy bloginess.

i heart photograph interview 
Jan 2011


                                       





Recently, rather than taking photographs you deal with the materiality of photography, whether it's the symbols on rolls of film or material (Sintra) on which photos are commonly mounted. Can you talk a bit about your relationship to photography and exploring the non-image side of it?

You seem to be suggesting that my practice emphasizes the ends of a linear process when in fact I’m more interested in the cyclical nature of photography. There are many “non-image” aspects to photography, but they are no less photographic than a photograph. I make photo-based sculptural work. It began with photographic cutouts arranged in space, and led to the current pieces we are focusing on here, the photograph-less photo-based work.

After spending some time researching various types of storage devices, I began to think about photography specific containers and the various devices/image supports used in the life cycle of a photograph. Film is inherently a container of light and time. The film backing paper is the material that initially supports the actual container. Sintra is the material that supports the image. 2 ¼ at 103 ¼ is a recreation of the information printed on the backing paper that supports a roll of 120 film (Fuji NPL to be exact.) The components were scored on a CNC router and finished by hand with a box cutter. Applying the information from the backing paper to the gallery, makes the walls the image support structures and the contents within the space of the room become the “image.”

In “an untitled cloud” you mount the material used to back photos in a cluster with the corners of each piece curled, disrupting the possible flatness of the image. I'm wondering if you can talk about the absence of photography in “an untitled cloud” and the ideas behind the curl of the surfaces.

Photography is not absent in “an untitled cloud.” It’s just not visible. This piece is made up of 29 separate parts sized according to standard paper and photo paper sizes. The initial shape is based on the document icon on the computer. More specifically, it is a blank or corrupt document icon. If an image file has been corrupted, there will be no descriptive info on this icon. For example, most jpeg files are the document icon with the jpeg overlay. The icon is designed to look like a piece of paper with the corner curled up, a 2 dimensional-digital representation of a 2-dimensional object in 3-dimensional space. I wanted to play with this inter-dimensional back and forth to see what would happen when the representation is exported back into three-dimensional space as a rigid object.

Photographs often don’t even make their way out of the computer. They may never really exist physically in the world. But now, they may make their way to a “cloud.” The branding of cloud server technology relies on the notion that clouds can be anywhere and everywhere. That they are light and don’t really take up space. I find it funny that one can imagine all of their valuable data floating effortlessly above them and accessible at any given time, when the truth is that clouds are, by nature, ephemeral and can disappear at anytime. This is not the most reliable metaphor for information storage. The weightless cloud is really a huge, server filled warehouse that requires energy to be maintained. There is nothing light and airy about it.

In your earlier work you explore what a photographer encounters before she or he takes a picture--the film itself. What does your focus on the “before” and “after” of the actual photograph mean, for you, in terms of leaving the space of the photo itself a blank?

I don’t think I have left the space of the photo itself blank. There is a difference between blank and not yet filled with information. In actuality, I don’t know if it’s even clear what “the space of the photo” means anymore. Is that space on the film? Stored on a hard drive? On a blog? Is the space the time held within the photograph? Does a photograph have any actual physicality at this point? The physicality of the photograph transforms/changes as it uploads and downloads, as it compresses and expands, as it moves from one screen to the next.



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1.11.2010

update time!