This past weekend, Haydn Shaughnessy (blogger and regular columnist for the Irish Times) invited me out to the beautiful countryside of West Cork to make some of my site-specific Compressionist prints; we hit the local pubs, beaches, foliage and his garden in order to produce new images. This new series, which also includes some scans from Dublin excursions, will be exhibited at his new Cork-based gallery, opening at the end of next month (along with a few images from my last show in Johannesburg), as part of a duo show with Cork-based, Canadian printmaker Paul LaRocque — my first exhibition in Ireland. Plans are that it’ll travel to Dublin, Amsterdam, maybe elsewhere, too, so I’ll post more images and info as the details pan out over the next while.
scanning the cliffs and beaches at garrettstown strand, west cork
photo by Haydn Shaughnessy
Oh, and how serendipitous, my little documentary on Compressionist prints was featured on DVblog yesterday! Rock.
Compressionism is a “digital performance and analog archive,” where I traverse bodies, spaces and objects with my scanner face, while its head is in motion. After being Compressed into digital images the size of a small sheet of paper, the files are stretched, cropped and colored by hand, then printed as editioned, archival works. Compressionism is an exploration of media and perception, a transfiguration in time and seeing.