“re-located” is a body of work that questions the earmarks of documentary representation and the artist’s role in that production; content, process and form are inextricably linked, and the various ideological and formal codes that are normally associated with mechanical reproduction are made uncertain. By employing high-resolution, mobile, scanning devices, I represent locations in ways previously unrealized. The properties of magnification and enlargement have allowed me to make renderings that shift the viewer’s cognition by underscoring the importance of details that might otherwise have been inaccessible– details that often define the character of an environment. As with other photographic media, my images are tethered to tangible references, however my images possess an interpretive structure, as I create visual scores where measures or frames are constructed into sequences of narrative citations, resonant with social, historical or architectural distinctiveness.
While these pieces are undeniably two-dimensional, visual objects, my conceptual and working processes cross several disciplinary boundaries. Production is very much a performative activity, and requires dynamic, physical interface with the environment. My movements and responses over a limited amount of time record the temporal as well the material. Lyrical and compositional themes are presented and perceived linearly over the length of the piece, not unlike time-based media, such as music or film. Some images capture information that is redolent of a singular artifact or idea, while others depict the complexity of certain situations that can be best portrayed through multiple artifacts and interconnected symbols.
Drawn from sites across the globe, these images capture materiality in the context of experience– surfaces and artifacts, which constitute the building blocks of “place” and represent environments, collapsed both spatially and temporally. These works possess both the descriptive and the expressive presence to transform our perceptions, and present a new language that enlarges the discourse by which we evaluate the built environment.