Digital art > Screens / Sunset

I explore the ways that visible evidence of decay creeps in even as we attempt to prevent experience from being lost to the caprice of history, time, and memory.

The promise of digital media and high-resolution screens is to archive and display limitless records of experience. My work deals with preservation and loss in the digital age. Screens springs from the visual gaps introduced by technologies of representation - the screen, the digital camera, the jpeg file - even as they present a hyper-realistic simulation.

A screen reduces visual information into a series of points with values of red, green, and blue. In much the same way, a jpeg file condenses an image into a series of blocks 8 pixels high by 8 pixels wide. Through a focus on visual loss, the work considers what is discarded in a world dominated by representation and simulacra.

Screens are objects that you can both see and see through. We may either be aware of the screen or lose sight of it. It can be difficult to see the screen’s image and the screen itself at the same time. Flickers and gaps can help us attain that state of awareness of the screen as an image and as an absence.

As is evidenced by the cultural idea that the antidote for too much screen time is to go outside, there is a dialectic between technologies of representation and the natural world. That said, technology has always mediated our experiences of the physical world we inhabit: the campfire, the printing press, and the 35mm slide all shape the ways we view each other, ourselves, and the landscape.

I am interested in the different kinds of sensory experiences we have in natural spaces compared to our sensation when looking at a screen or through a camera lens. (Or increasingly, looking at a camera’s screen). What is that gap between representation and experience, and how does it shift with technology and culture.

Simon Pyle

Simon Pyle brings a photographer’s eye to the reductions and noise inherent in technologies of vision and reproduction. Through a focus on visual loss, the work considers what is discarded in a world dominated by representation and simulacra. Born in San Francisco, Pyle studied art at Mills College and Stanford, and now lives and works in Chicago. Last year, his work showed in numerous venues including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; di Rosa, Napa, CA; ...

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