Artist's Statement (2010)

The earliest works in this project were photographs of small inanimate objects against controlled backgrounds. Some of the objects were ones I designed and fabricated from drafted studies on paper, which themselves can be viewed simultaneously either as developmental or complete; all aspects of this project are potentially temporary and subject to revision. The gradual incorporation of disparate parameters into the work (initially with the incremental inclusion of photographs depicting exterior locales) evolved in the same manner as the newest branch of fabricated forms, which are the first to be designed as objects rather than photographic subjects.

Although photographic pieces greatly outnumber the works taking other forms, this proportion is temporary. I’ve always viewed photography dually as a technique and a theme in itself, and it will now also serve as a junction between objects and subjects in my work. Maintaining the approach of subjecting the work to such modifications prevents it from lapsing into a stylistic exercise. This sentiment is paralleled by the manner in which photography itself is employed, which has fluctuated in terms of technique despite what may outwardly appear as a uniformity. For years I resisted using digital cameras and insisted on a uniform print size (8”x12”) for all works, but my sentiment regarding both of these standards has changed, as other technical and production parameters also will in the future.

The sources contributing to my work are diminutive and sometimes unidentifiable cultural artifacts as well as the warehouses, strip malls and other environments around which such particles accumulate. Special attention is paid to obsolete products and elaborate packaging accessories accompanying laser printer cartridges, imaging units and numerous other products. These unusually complex and apparently nameless devices are intended to be immediately discarded after a product is removed from its package. These items will be preserved or reused in some of my works simultaneously as documentation and as a basis for deriving new objective forms.