Materials and Process, 12.15
I have been experimenting with photography as an object, process, and physical material for over 20 years. My process and relationship to materials and objects has taken on many different shapes and forms including experimental darkroom work, hand building images, and found objects. While in Scandinavia in 2013, I began making “temporal sculptures” as part of the series Concentrate to the Quiet. The images were inspired by the immediate environment, contemporary art photography, and Modern European design. The book Century of the Child: Growing By Design 1900-2000 by Tanya Harrod (Museum of Modern Art, NY, 2012) also provided inspiration. (thanks to Nina Katchadourian for recommending it) The interplay of photography as an object, in addition to sculpture and photography has a long history. Much of my intellectual interest in the subject was motivated by artist Thomas Barrow and historian Geoffrey Batchen, along with most of my MFA class (Ian, John, Myra, Patrick, Chris, Sarah, Glenn, Kathleen, +++) while attending the University of New Mexico. More recently, I have been inspired by many artists/photographers work (its a long list) in addition to a workshop I co-taught with my colleague, Squeak Meisel, entitled photography as sculpture, sculpture as photography. The included images were created during May through July, 2015.