Mixed Media Installation
This work seeks truth through the methodical manipulation of a set number of variables and explores the anxieties created by subtle shifts in presentations of the same pieces of information. This process yields a deliberate but limited context for understanding, rendered in a dense collection of multi-layered cells. The accompanying video component puts these cells into motion and offers a medium of interpretation. The video is intended to be played on a loop as a nod to internet meme format.
Each cell contains every possible combination of five variables. (1 2 3 4 5, 1 2 3 5 4, etc.) There are 120 possible combinations of five variables. These variables were handwritten, or individually considered, on 5x7" pieces of paper 120 times.
The variables in each cell are arranged in a specific way. All variable combinations that begin with the number 1 are in their own row, combinations that begin with the number 2 are in their own row, etc. The rows are rearranged in each cell. For example, the first cell arranges the rows in the order of 1 2 3 4 5. The next cell rearranges the rows in the order of 1 2 3 5 4. A unique cell was created for each of the 120 combinations, reordering the rows to represent each possible arrangement.
Each cell considers every possibility while also offering one demonstration of itself.
Each handwritten paper was scanned, prepared for "print" and then laser-etched onto individual pieces of museum glass. Big thanks for the help (and patience!) of the good people at Innotech Laser.
Each row (or individual variable) was then color coded. 1 = Red. 2 = Gold. 3 = Light Yellow. 4 = Medium Yellow. 5 = White. These color assignments were then painted in acrylic bands on 120 individual pieces of masonite. The color rows correspond to the unique row order of each etched glass cell.
The next step involved breaking apart a video into 120 still frames. The video is a clip of President Trump targeting the 'fake news' media during a rally. Each frame was then printed on pieces of semi-transparent silk organza.
The final steps involved assembling the cell components and then re-animating the still frames. The final physical installation offers an overwhelming amount of information to consider. Every cell represents a unique, singular perspective or explanation of the arrangement of five variables through the lens of every possibility.
When the cells are reanimated in the accompanying video component, the context of every possibility turns into an unintelligible snow of information. The painted rows turn into a visual pulse beneath the video, or the medium of interpretation.
This piece seeks truth by process of deconstruction. Where is the end? Which moment can I trust? Which one should I believe? Which interpretation is right?
Ultimately the truth remains elusive. This piece offers its truth only within in a set, manipulated context; it doesn't process anything higher than 5 or lower than 0. It considers nothing outside of itself.
The Delaware Contemporary | OBSERVE: Juried Exhibition
2017 - Group Exhibition - Wilmington, Delaware