The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1977, MFA
Many of these pictures are composite digital photos I made using hundreds of individual photos layered together with Photoshop. As digital images they can be presented in many sizes. These have excellent resolution when printed in their “native” size, which is about 40 inches by 110 inches.
My artistic influences range from the standard 'History of Art,' to the films of Michael Snow, Robert Fulton, Stan Brakage, and Tony Conrad. I studied ceramics, photography, and film in the 70s. Film offered an aesthetic that was malleable, and poetic. When I put hundreds of digital photos together to create an image, I make a short documentary film. I assemble it in the form of a photo.
I shoot with available light. It takes about 15 minutes to record a landscape or interior. The optical distortion from a hand-held slightly wide-angle lens makes it impossible for me to seamlessly join the photo parts together. The source photos are apparent, and the new image unfolds and reshapes space. I quite enjoy building a full visual environment from the little image fragments. Seeing and comprehension take place in the brain. A viewer sees the many parts of the photo and finishes the assembly in their mind and adds the ultimate meaning.