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Indexhibit

Photosculpture

2013—ongoing

My photosculpture grapples with how the photographic medium can give rise to form and autonomous objects not anchored in straightforward representation.

It has developed from juxtapositions of contorted overpainted prints and concrete blocks to foreground the materiality of support (Indeterminate Objects), to combinations of freeform light streaks with architectonic forms pointing to the tangled relationship between photography and representations of architecture (early Leaks), and finally to photography as architecture — in the recent Leak pieces, the lines in printed light leaks serve as guides to three-dimensional forms. The folded shape is then interpreted in cast concrete with the print retained as a 'skin'. Thus simple light patterns or gradients — the most basic photographic marks — go from registration on paper to solid objects.

Hovering somewhere between the handmade, the industrial and the archeological, my sculptures also touch on how the formal can generate affect — or an illusion thereof. Another thread running through is one of ruins. "Contemporary ruin gaze is a gaze reconciled to perspectivism, to conjectural history and spatial discontinuity. [It] requires an acceptance of disharmony, of the contrapunctual relationship of human, historical and natural temporality”. [Svetlana Boym in 'Ruins of the Twentieth Century', in Frieze Projects and Frieze Talks 2006-2008 . 2009. London: Frieze Publishing Ltd, p.166]

See also:
Exhibitions
Other Photosculpture/Installation

 
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Reconstruction (V)

2013/2016
Silver gelatin print, fiber-reinforced concrete, cyanotype, acrylic, epoxy, polymer spray, polyurethane
61 x 38 x 12 cm

The two Reconstruction pieces were made from the remains of an earlier photosculpture that was destroyed. The paper front was originally suspended between two concrete pillars, but it was subsequently split in half and two new works were cast, the back of each bearing a ghost imprint of the other half. The half-diamond fragment in the middle, framed by architechtonic lines, shows a printed black and white rock pattern.

 
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Reconstruction (⋀)

2013/2016
Silver gelatin print, fiber-reinforced concrete, cyanotype, acrylic, epoxy, polymer spray, polyurethane
61 x 38 x 12.5 cm

 
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Leak XVII

2016
49.5 x 11.5 x 8.5 cm
Silver gelatin print, fiber-reinforced concrete, acrylic, epoxy, polyurethane, lacquer

 
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Leak XVIIIa

2016
Silver gelatin print, fiber-reinforced concrete, acrylic, emulsion, polyurethane, lacquer
49 x 17 x 4.5 cm

 
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Leak IIb

2016
Silver gelatin print, fiber-reinforced concrete, acrylic, emulsion, epoxy, polyurethane, lacquer
44 x 9.4 x 8 cm

 
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Leak XVI

2016
Silver gelatine print, fibre-reinforced concrete, acrylic, emulsion, pencil, lacquer
49 × 9 × 7 cm

 
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Leak IIIb

2016
Silver gelatin print, fiber-reinforced concrete, acrylic, polyurethane, lacquer
44 x 9 x 7 cm

 
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Leak XIV

2015
Silver gelatin print, fiber-reinforced concrete, acrylic, adhesive, lacquer
40.7 × 13.5 × 7.1 cm / 16 × 5.3 × 2.75 in
Private collection

 
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Leak XV

2015
Silver gelatin print, fiber-reinforced concrete, acrylic, adhesive, lacquer
25 x 19 x 16 cm / 9.8 x 7.5 x 6.3 in

 
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Leak XIII

2015
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy
27.5 x 8 x 5 cm / 10.8 x 3.2 x 2 in
Private collection

 
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Leak VII

2014
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy
60.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 cm

 
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Leak Vb

2014
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy
59.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 cm

 
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Leak XII

2015
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, lacquer, concrete, epoxy
60.5 x 22 x 6 cm

 
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Leak XII

[alternate views]

 
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Indeterminate Object 13b

2014
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy
22 x 12 x 7.5 cm

 
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Leak XI

2015
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, lacquer, concrete, epoxy
41 x 8.5 x 11 cm

 
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Leak XI

[alternate views]

 
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Leak V

2014
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy
h 59.5 x w 7.5 x d 6.5 cm / 23.4 x 3 x 2.6 in

 
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Leak VI

2014
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy
h 59 x w 7.5 x d 6.5 cm / 23.2 x 3 x 2.6 in

 
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Indeterminate Structure 8

2013
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray
h 53 x w 116 x d 40 cm

 
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Leak X (left) and Leak IX (right)
 
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Leak X

2014
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, lacquer, concrete, epoxy

 
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Leak IX

2014
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, lacquer, concrete, epoxy

 
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Leak IX (left) and Leak X (right)
 
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Indeterminate Object 14

2013
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, cement
h 20.5 x w 15 x d 15 cm / 8 x 5.9 x 5.9 in

 
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Indeterminate Object 11

2013
C-Print, acrylic, cyanotype, polymer spray, cement
h 25.5 x w 11 x d 15.5 cm / 10 x 4.3 x 6.1 in

 
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Leak VIII

2014
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, concrete, epoxy
h 60 x w 17 x d 14 cm / 23.6 x 6.7 x 5.5 in

 
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Indeterminate Object 13

2013
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy
h 22 x w 12 x d 7 / 8.7 x 4.7 x 2.75 in

 
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Indeterminate Object 12

2013
C-print, acrylic, cyanotype, polymer spray, cement
h 16.5 x w 23.5 x d 16 cm / 6.5 x 9.25 x 6.3 in

 
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Leak IV

2013
Silver gelatin print on expired paper, acrylic, cyanotype, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy.
h 48 x w 13 x d 4.5 cm
Private collection

 
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Indeterminate Object 6

2013
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, finishing cement
h 19 x w 16.8 x d 19 cm
Private collection

 
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Left to right: Leak II, Leak III, Tilt/Shift 1, and Tilt/Shift 2

2013
Installation view from Seven Positions, May 2013

 
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Leak II and Leak III

2013
Silver gelatin prints on expired paper, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, cement.
h 44 x w 9 x d 7 cm each

 
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Tilt/Shift 1 and Tilt/Shift 2

2013
Drawing pen on newsprint
42 x 29.7 cm each

 
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Indeterminate Structure 9

2013
Silver gelatin print, acrylic, polymer spray
h 122 x w 40 x d 54 cm

 
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Intederminate Structure 6

2013
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray
h 107.5 x w 56 x d 46 cm

 
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Indeterminate Object 8

2013
C-print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, finishing cement
h 17 x w 21.8 x d 10.3 cm

Private collection

 
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[detail]

 
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Indeterminate Structure 7

2013
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, masonry nails
h 87 x w 167 x d 10 cm

 
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Indeterminate Object 10

2013
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, finishing cement
h 30.5 x w 6.6 x d 11.5 cm

 
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Indeterminate Object 7

2013
C-print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, cement
h 24 x w 21 x d 16 cm / 9.5 x 8.3 x 6.3 in
Private collection

 
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Indeterminate Structure 4

2013
Selenium toned silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray
h 26 x w 37 x d 12 cm

 
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Indeterminate Structure 5

2013
Silver gelatin print on expired paper, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray
h 58 x w 32 x d 15 cm

[Front view]

 
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Indeterminate Object 1

2012
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete
h 16 x w 11 x d 20 cm

 
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Indeterminate Object 5

2013
C-print, acrylic, cyanotype, polymer spray, concrete
h 14 x w 30 x d 10 cm

 
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Indeterminate Object 2

2013
Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete
h 23 x w 12 x d 7 cm
University of the Arts London collection

 
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Indeterminate Object 4

2013
Silver gelatin print, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete
h 30 x w 16 x d 13 cm

 
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