NEW PublicationStephanie Bernheim: From Paint to Pixels
by Kara L. Rooney, Publ. FoliArt, 2017, New York, London, Brussels.
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To take a picture is no big deal, to take one with your mobile phone is the ordinary squared. The phone has become the most basic component of its composite self now outfitted with cameras, programs, tools and Internet. I am trying to tease out the ambiguous space of these technologies and their capacity to create pictures wholly their own. My PalmPilot camera/phone captures traces of travel, architecture and other ordinary moments. They slip easily between familiar textures of the photographic and the associative. Like picking up the phone when someone has mistakenly dialed your number we hear only fragments, a sense of time and mood.
With a limited ability to vary line size and color, I draw on photographs using a basic draw on program in my Palm Pilot. The applied marks appear as strings of pixels creating constant changes in scale. Interventions are painterly. However, the painting is a photograph. Sometimes the marks annihilate the photograph; other times, they serve as a passage into it. Notions of gesture are deflated. After drawing on the photograph in the 2 x 2 inch camera screen, I send the image through Internet from phone to home. Blurring the lines between human subjectivity and technological objectivity, I try to grapple with today's accelerated frenzy of seeing and responding to images.