The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
To take a picture is no big deal, to take one with your mobile phone is the ordinary squared. The phone has become the most basic component of its composite self now outfitted with cameras, programs, tools and Internet. I tease out the ambiguous space of these technologies and their capacity to create pictures wholly their own. My PalmPilot camera/phone captures traces of travel, architecture and other ordinary moments. They slip easily between familiar textures of the photographic and the associative. Like picking up the phone when someone has mistakenly dialed your number we hear only fragments, a sense of time and mood.
With a limited ability to vary line size and color, I draw on photographs in my palm pilot and send the images from phone to home. The applied marks appear as strings of pixels creating constant changes in color and scale. A palate of digital tools shift color and balance and transform the digital flatness of the screen into an illusion of volume. Often, the interventions are very painterly but the notion of the gesture is deflated. The pleasure of recognition is interrupted. In some instances the marks annihilate the photograph, in others they serve as a passage into it. After I draw on the photograph, I send myself the image through Internet from phone to home. There I open the pictures, review and make decisions about printing size.