In the fold

In the fold is an artist book comprised of 5 individual prints, each performed with a scanner over a week-long camping trip on a lily pond in South Bend, Indiana. It has a total of 7 accordion-like folds, each shorter than the next, creating a staircase effect across its images. When folded, In the fold is 232 x 232 mm, and fully extended, its width expands to 884 mm.

For my ongoing series of Compressionist prints, I strap a desktop scanner, laptop and custom-made battery pack to my body, and perform images into existence. I might scan in straight, long lines across tables, tie the scanner around my neck and swing over flowers, do pogo-like gestures over bricks, or just follow the wind over water lilies in a pond. The dynamism between the my body, technology and the landscape is transformed into beautiful and quirky renderings, which are then produced as archival art objects. Compressionism follows the trajectory of Impressionist painting, through Surrealism to Postmodernism, but rather than citing crises of representation, reality or simulation, my focus is on performing all three in relation to each other.

Although it premiered at a later date, In the fold is part of Giverny of the Midwest, a solo exhibition at Gallery AOP in Johannesburg, South Africa in late July 2011. All work on show resulted from the aforementioned “art camping trip” in South Bend, Indiana. Also on the exhibition: Giverny of the Midwest, a 2 x 12 meter installation comprised of 93 individual prints (edition 3, 2011) and The Giverny Series, 8 individual prints (edition 10, 2011).