Nearly every minute of every day we are inundated with photographic images. The instantaneity of digital photography coupled with internet sharing has shifted our temporal awareness. And as a continuation of photography’s complicated relationship with truth, the expansiveness of Photoshop has further skewed the validity of images once trusted as authentic. These images have come to shape our consciousness. It is this multitude of images that recontextualize photographs once held as autonomous and idiosyncratic. Our photographs are now part of a larger conglomeration of image equivalents, produced by a global authorship.
Lossy presents four artists that have invested heavily in the limitations of the photographic medium and respond to this contemporary notion of ubiquity and propagation. Both the analog (in Ladensack and Bolen’s work) and the digital (in Meerdo and Nelson’s work) contain a kind of interference, a warble, which give us clues to the underpinnings of the construction of language. Photography, often considered to be a hyper-manicured and infallible system of referentiality, is a medium that typically strives for accuracy, clarity, and analogous representation. Lossy presents a decidedly antithetical position to the regularity of photographic representation. The four, while formally trained in photography, seek to push the boundaries of the photographic medium through film, painting, sculpture, and installation
Jeremy Bolen grew up moving throughout America, living in six different states before turning 18. He currently resides in Chicago, where he is an MFA Candidate at University of Illinois at Chicago for the Spring of 2012. A recent recipient of the Provost Award for Graduate Research, Jeremy will be using the award to travel to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, continuing his collaborations with experimental high energy particle physics . Along with many upcoming exhibitions, Jeremy teaches photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago and The Marwen Institute.
Raquel Ladensack earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. In 2010 she was a MFA Artist-in-Residence at Ox-Bow residency in Saugatuck, Michigan and also traveled and photographed throughout Iceland as part of a Provost Grant for graduate research from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Raquel is currently on Fellowship with funding provided by the American-Scandinavian Foundation. She is working on her next project in collaboration with the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. Raquel is represented by Alderman Exhibitions in Chicago, IL. She currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Christopher Meerdo is a Chicago based artist who works primarily in photography, sculpture, and moving image. Meerdo grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent time in Lithuania as a teenager. He is a recent recipient of an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been shown in numerous locations including Nottingham, Seattle, Toronto, New York, and Chicago with recent and upcoming exhibitions at Gallery 400, The Hyde Park Art Center, Roxaboxen and Roots & Culture in Chicago. In February 2012 he will be attending the SIM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland.