O + A

objects and architecture

 FACULTY WORKS 2016 HOKIN GALLERY COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

FACULTY WORKS 2016
HOKIN GALLERY
COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

UNCLEAR AND INDISTINCT

These greyscale images are digital adjustments of photographic documentation of ordinary objects of passing, though energetic interest. They are the result of redirecting image-editing design software away from their intended use of making more refined the objects at their source to distorting and making fuzzy and unrecognizable their material countenance. They erase, not imperfections of the source object for the sake of clarity and distinctiveness, but the source object itself. What remains is not, by being more clear and distinct, a more determinative object, but a radically indeterminate one inviting interpretation. Thus, while not refusing the dominant design technologies of today, the images refuse today’s dominant design sensibility. They lend materiality and texture to a medium that is otherwise immaterial and slick. The work does not seek legibility, but aims to cast the viewer into a dense material aura in which to be caught in new perceptual possibilities and unforeseen practical realities. They tacitly map a shift in the general regime of designing away from intention to suggestion, prescription to provocation,  revelation and representation to mystery and murkiness.

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