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Barcodes: Merging Identity and Technology
- Visual Arts
I incorporate new media with traditional techniques to represent the influence of ever-present technology in our world. The parallel evolutions of technology and nature converge in my work. Collaborations with experts in the multiple scientific and technological fields influence the evolution of my art, which is conceived and produced through research. Often originating in printmaking, my concepts drive my work in the direction of any variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, and sound.
For the past few years, I have been exploring the visual possibilities that arise as I digitize analog photographs, altering and abstracting their contents through the now antiquated technology of the fax machine. The resulting highly abstracted, linear images led to my current fascination with barcode technology, which provides a visual representation of everything from supermarket products to people while masking their essential identities. My new Barcodes series allows me to push my explorations into the loss of information and the effects of distortion through digitalization into a more sculptural form. I will juxtapose these losses with the potential and promise provided by new technology, in this case through the use QR codes. QR codes imbedded in the work will allow viewers to interact with the pieces and reveal the multi-layered realities that underlie the work’s abstract surfaces.
I will be using auto-cad design systems and laser-cutting tools to allow me to carve extremely fine, complex designs through fluorescent plexiglass . These plexiglass forms will then be re-configured by layering them atop each other and, in some cases, embossed paper backgrounds. These central pieces will also be integrated with a full-scale installation integrated within the gallery’s walls and floors, creating a total environment that echoes the form of the ubiquitous commercial bar code. Activating the QR codes incorporated into the overall design will lead to videotaped interviews with a group of international artists. It will also incorporate specific references to the broader geographic space surrounding the installation.
I am seeking a minimum of $7,500 to allow me to complete the laser cutting of each of the individual barcode associated with the project and the mounting of the pieces. Additional funding would also help underwrite the individual video interviews linked to the QR codes within the larger installation. Full funding of the project at $20,800 would allow me to complete the entire installation of the work, including creation of the floor within a mega-bar code installation covering the full gallery. I appreciate your journeying with me through the multiple intersections of technology and individuality, and thank you for contributing to making the complete realization of my work possible.
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