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February 4, 2011

Vanishing Point - 2011 - Reception and Scapes Exhibition

The opening reception was a big success, many thanks to Propeller and the show's jury for the privilege of being selected.

Here's my artist's statement:

Vanishing Point
Photo-Graphic Installation
75 x 100 cm

The absurdly straight solitary road that seems imaginable only in the unforgiving country of western America. Linearity extends to the horizon and culminates in a vanishing point.

Three photographs taken while in motion from the driver’s perspective provide for the discovery of anonymous landscapes. Yet, with the advancement of digital photo, GPS, and mapping capabilities, precise locations make themselves available to the technologically curious.

Utilizing continuously gathered data plus the mathematics of focal length and field of view, each photograph’s companion documents the camera’s perception and point of exposure down to the second, both in time and in space, represented through topography, terrain, and imagery.

For those overlanders that are curious, the data sets below the map graphics are:

09 09 2009     15 23 39     N43 54 29 W112 36 13
10 09 2009     17 56 40     N39 50 55 W114 44 12
16 09 2009     21 21 53     N38 42 19 W110 30 25

These are the exact times and locations of the pictures. The highlighted areas are what the camera was viewing at the time.

From top to bottom, the pictures were taken in Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. I will do a more detailed write up on the circumstances and technologies in a different blog.

January 30, 2011

Vanishing Point - 2011

Toronto's Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts has an upcoming juried exhibition called "Scapes". You can read more about it here.

I have worked with the gallery before, particularly for their 2010 Nuit Blanche project so I decided to submit a piece for the exhibition.

My Photo-Graphic Installation called Vanishing Point was selected and will be on display for the exhibition:
February 2 - 13, 2011.

The piece was made entirely possible through my overland travels in 2009. I will update this post after the opening reception and post a picture of the installation in the gallery.

If you're in Toronto, I will be at the reception on Thursday, come by and say HI!

Update: See the piece and photos from the reception here.