>These are small-scale, constructed places: almost all of them were shot in my small studio in extremely low-light conditions with very long exposures. The photos were then manipulated in Photoshop.
>I want to play with the viewer. I treat scale and time as malleable in this group and in that sense these remind me of childhood play. I am not interested in fooling the viewer- I like the idea that reality and fantasy can flicker back and forth.
>Some could be images of our own future world, ravaged by climate change… others suggest far away places being passively recorded by a satellite or probe. All of these imply searching- and finding unwelcoming places.
>The photo of the house does seem somewhat unrelated, but it is actually the starting point for the series. It is an image about dreaming or watching. It depicts a modernist house, perched on the ground like it has landed there. It is situated in a hazy, rocky place that I imagined as so scorched that it appears alien. I thought that maybe someone is awake and watching a transmission of some event happening on another planet… or perhaps they are up making art.
>An important moment of inspiration involved reading a news story about the possibility of a probe breaking through ice on one of Venus' moons so as to attempt to locate life. This story set off a string of visions in my head… and is likely why so many of these appear to be underwater. There had likewise been a spate of news stories suggesting that scientists had found distant planets that could support human life. The click-bait absurdity of imagining humans finding a new home was part of these pictures.
>I enjoy the element of weirdness in these: an eccentric activity by a suburban dad. At night, after my kids are asleep, i’m in my home studio creating strange landscapes. A point of inspiration was Bas Jan Ader’s installations in his garage (particularly, Readers Digest Digested, 1970). I love the idea of a suburban space being the site of odd nighttime activities.
>Ray Johnson quote from a 2018 book of interviews: “I’m not a traveler, i’m a dreamer. Last night I went to China.”
>This series draws on sources of inspiration that are new for me, including sci-fi illustrations and the video game imagery that my students have introduced me to.
>It’s absurd to create studies on instant film in 2019. They are not actually studies… but are related to my love of studio ephemera and the debris related to process. I purchased and hoarded my beloved Fujifilm peel-apart film as soon as I heard the news that it was being discontinued.
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