“Digital Divide” was accepted into the National Prize Show sponsored by Cambridge Art Association (CAA), which will feature 71 artists. The show runs May 14 to June 22, 2019 at CAA’s Kathryn Schultz Gallery and University Place, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can learn about the jurors, Camilo Alvarez and Steve Locke, here.
“Digital Divide” is part of a series based on a photograph of a rusted, industrial window. The window, which was photographed in a renovated former factory in New York City, serves as a marvelous portal into worlds reimagined—one of my favorite themes.
Here’s the artist statement that I submitted with the work:
In today’s wired world, networked technologies play a critical role in almost every aspect of daily life. The internet is essential for participation in mainstream economic and political activity. It puts health care and educational resources within people’s reach, and makes it possible for people to transcend time and space and to connect with others in ways never before possible. Yet, for many, particularly those living in rural areas and on many Native American reservations, the lack of broadband access exacerbates an endemic lack of resources and opportunities for advancement. “Digital Divide” portrays this inequity by blending images of cutting-edge technology with images of the crumbling remains of a building in Rhyolite, Nevada, a mining town abandoned nearly a century ago. The gleaming circuitry lies buried, inaccessible, and the dreams for a better future inherent in today’s gold—information—are unattainable.
My production goals for “Digital Divide” were twofold. First, I wanted the image to have a sense of depth, so that the printed artwork would have a palpable look and feel, more like assemblage than a two-dimensional photograph. I used the inward-pointing, deteriorating materials in the window frame and the lighting on the foreground rocks to create a three-dimensional effect. I also decided to print on semi-gloss metal so as to approximate the sheen on the actual window frame.
My second objective was to create an intimate viewing experience, one that would encourage gallery viewers to walk up close and feel as if they were peering into another world. After experimenting with several test prints ranging from 12″ x 12″ to 16″x16″, I decided that 12″ x 12″ was just the right size—large enough to convey the details, but small enough draw the eye into the scene.
You can see other pieces of art in the series here. Please check back, as the series is a work in progress.