Curated Artist Registry

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.

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Jonathan Ehrenberg
New York NY US
Updated: 2017-11-12 23:10:09


I’m interested in how we experience reality as a construct, a seemingly coherent world we piece together from sensory information and images we see internally—memories, fantasies, and associations. Because these constructs are fluid and disjointed, embodying them in a visual medium is bound to fail on some level, but I’m interested in that failure, in using incongruous combinations of different modes of representation to describe the gaps and idiosyncrasies of experience.

The techniques I use are both physical and digital. Sets, sculptures and installations made from rough materials lend the work a tactile quality, while studio lighting evokes the specifics of time and place. Digital effects are used to stitch together these real objects with live-action performance, animation, and 3D models (made from digital scans of sculptures). The work highlights an endless chain of reproduction and simulation: things play at being other things, but always fall short. 


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