The works on display come from my perpetual fascination with absurd behaviors, particularly as they relate to our virtualized existence, and I feel – at least I hope – that the works also convey a turn in my thinking toward the more physical side of the digital, to the fumes it can leave behind, and to the all too real elements that are the fuel for this “digitalness.”
Concerning the sculptural circumstances themselves, in Devotion and Livestock, I use logically sound algorithms to arrive at illogical, unsound results. It is a visualized increase correlation between Donald Trump’s campaign donations and reported cases of diseased meat and poultry. In The Managed Horizon, I ritualize hardware manufacturing processes and the dependability of the grid to envision a self-replicating, quietly violent, Anthropocene age.
Arguing that a 3D modeling program’s standard operating environment is an ideal setting for a mundane dystopia, as with the grid engulfing all of the works in this exhibition, Default Settings engages with the parallax between positive technological progress, and the impassioned, but often empty quantification of daily life into bits of manageable data.
Umbra v2, fabricated from data artifacts, and accompanied by a projection of its digitally rendered shadow, addresses the narrowing of the gap between concepts of the digital and the physical. And in both Firmware Update and 2 Ohms and an Analog Displacement, I comment on survivalist fashion and the consumption of natural resources at the behest of technology fetishism.
With the chemical properties of graphene at the microscale well documented in the literature, I focus instead on the manufacturing processes, optical qualities and severe fragility of nanoparticle arrangements at the macroscopic, visible level. This course of action speaks to the fact that, even as the boundaries between digital-born and physical phenomena become increasingly blurred – a kaleidoscoping of first principles that I cherish for sure – this advancing internet of everything is at the same time dependent on very real hardware, land, and earth-mined resources.