This exhibition was part of a larger exploration of the idea that an image can assume multiple identities and states, opening opportunities for different iterations of its source—drawings on paper. The pen and ink drawings that were featured alongside the video installations, were the source material and chosen largely for their explosive appearance. I imagined that when augmented digitally and animated, they might take on the appearance of something akin to fireworks or cellular growth.
The video installations are composed of 35 first generation iPads between two panels. The sound for each panel was generated in the key of E♭ Major. One employs notes from an E♭ Major chord and the other an A♭ Major chord. Each device features a unique animation, which runs asynchronously on account of different duration and having started at a different time than the others. All of these factors enable a continuously evolving work that maintains a harmonic relationship between the two pieces.
A common theme in my work is the consideration of similarities between different natural phenomena and human perception and experience. To me, digital media, with its innately pluralistic character, has enabled corollaries between once seemingly disparate areas. I often describe it as having revealed a threshold through which a space where mediums such as drawing and video installation can be unified, creating something new. The creation of this work was about generating a moving, living work that can be approached in a manner similar to that of painting—as objects of contemplation.
The mounts for the iPads were built and designed in part by Providence, Rhode Island-based furniture designer, and artist, Peter Lutz.