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.
I have been engaged in making an ongoing personal photographic Archive. I photograph, categorize and store a never-ending series of images according to subject matter. These images, like all images, exist as permanent records of fleeting instants, personal and collective histories.
The images in the Archive have become surrogates for their now-past subjects. With categories titles as mundane and universal as ‘airports,’ ‘fields,’ ‘brides,’ and ‘water’ the archive establishes both a linguistic and pictoral diary that records the special, the everyday, the nothing.
In collages and installations, images from the Archive are extracted and printed, then used in multiple and recombined like wandering thoughts. At times they are organized and titled according to subject matter, at others by alphabetical groups or by color groups. The repeated images seek to exploit and consider the reproducibility of the photograph, while de-stabilizing and de-valuing the image itself. The hand-cut and mounted images work against the taught formal structure provided by the grid. The completed grids of images appear endless and infinitely repeatable with resultant patterns and visual rhythms that become the visual equivalent of white noise, establishing an almost neutral, meditative, non- space. Through this process, the image, repeated, becomes less about the unique, privileged vision of the photographer and more about the futile ritual of trying to capture, organize and preserve an endless, timeless stream of information and images.