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Constructed Painting / Photography

The title of this page, constructed painting / photography, refers to a type of free-standing image presentation in which the support structure is as much the focus as the images themselves. Examples can be viewed by clicking the Current Work link above. This page will explain how images are selected and organized and will refer primarily to the photographic based works.

Images that make up the composite construction works come from a wide variety of sources (including: scientific photography, appropriated print ads, and original chromes). A common attribute of most of the individual images is a linguistic singularity. In other words, the images can be described with a single objective term (such as: head, sun or building). These 'singularities', once arranged into a composition, imply relationships between one another resulting in a loose narrative. This loose narrative has within it implications of organization.

These systems of organization can vary in complexity from piece to piece. A common trait that they normally share is that they are self reflexive: these systems revolve around explaining their own coming into being.

A limitation inherent with photographic images (or any paper based work) is that of presentation. The evolution of moving away from simply framing and wall mounting images was a slow process. Part of the goal of building free-standing constructed work is to free images from the architectural limits of wall presentation so that they have a more confrontational presence in relation to the viewer. Tiling images digitally and mounting tiles by using printmaking methods also allows an increase of scale.

The panel mounting support structure (support dolly), far left, and the panel substructure are designed to be light weight and modular to allow for easy transport. Much of the design time and labor involved with completing these pieces is spent on these elements.