July 2017, Lump Gallery
Behind the pixelated screen, a current cuts through the landscape: digitization. Discovering new places is both easier and harder due to the complete digitization of the American wilderness. With 1.3 trillion photos taken a year, landscape has taken the role of any exterior space: parking lots, suburban backyards, working quarries; not solely public picturesque vistas. New places are accessible to anyone with at least a broadband connection through Google Maps, Facebook, and Yelp, democratizing experience but eliminating surprise. We view even the most disparate landscapes through an Instagram filter. Are remote landscapes now mundane or waiting for rediscovery? The themes that appear in the artist’s works – metadata, taxonomy, colonization, and banality, among others – reflect how the landscape has shaped cyberspace and how the digisphere is now shaping the landscape. Abstraction, collage, artificially saturated colors, and transplanted landscapes reflect the manmade interruption of technology from shaped hiking trails, GIS-mapped farmland, and visuals of drone strikes. Landscapes are catered to handhelds yet they encourage us to leave technology behind, complicating the transition between nature and cyberspace.