sun / screen


9305b0ce-76f7-4ffd-9e28-608cdf907150.jpgthe pho­tog­ra­phers gallery is pre­sent­ing, as part of its media wall pro­gramme, a work by pene­lope umbri­co an award win­ning ny based artist.

from the press release
the media wall presents sun/screen, a new work by award-win­ning new york based artist pene­lope umbri­co. it con­tin­ues her explo­ration into the pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion of pho­tographs online, par­tic­u­lar­ly focus­ing on the per­sis­tence of sun­set imagery with­in pop­u­lar pho­tog­ra­phy. by inter­ro­gat­ing the dif­fer­ent ways that images func­tion in the dig­i­tal realm, she rais­es impor­tant ques­tions about the val­ue, mean­ing and agency of the pho­to­graph­ic medi­um today.
for sun/screen, umbri­co used an iphone to re-pho­to­graph images of the sun she cropped from thou­sands of sun­set images shared on the web.  the process of cap­tur­ing images direct­ly from the com­put­er screen cre­ates a moiré pat­tern — an opti­cal illu­sion, which is the con­se­quence of pix­el grids, mesh­es or dot pat­terns being super­im­posed. umbri­co fur­ther ampli­fies this effect by edit­ing the images into a sin­gle slideshow, with each shot slow­ly dis­solv­ing into the next. this cre­ates a sec­ondary moire effect that draws atten­tion to the mate­ri­al­i­ty of the screen and fur­ther dis­tances us from the nat­ur­al sun­light source of the orig­i­nal images. umbri­co intends the work to oper­ate as a dia­logue between ana­logue and dig­i­tal, nat­ur­al and sim­u­lat­ed light and the mate­r­i­al and immaterial.
pene­lope umbri­co writes: i find it intrigu­ing that the sun, our source of light and warmth, sym­bol of opti­mism, enlight­en­ment, spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, eter­ni­ty; the mea­sure of all things unreach­able and ephemer­al is so uni­ver­sal­ly pho­tographed and cir­cu­lat­ed on the inter­net.  with­in this cool, most vir­tu­al of spaces — equal­ly infi­nite but with­in a closed elec­tri­cal cir­cuit — we are giv­en a vir­tu­al win­dow onto a nat­ur­al world made un-natural.
pre­sent­ed along­side sun/screen is nev­er-end­ing sun­set (sec­ond life), 2011 in which umbri­co con­tin­ues her med­i­ta­tion on sim­u­lat­ed light. the piece fea­tures an end­less sun­set set­ting over an arti­fi­cial sea derived from the vir­tu­al world sec­ond life. the script­ed sec­ond life envi­ron­ment can be set to defy the laws of time and nature, deliv­er­ing a fan­ta­sy of what a per­fect sun­set might be.
Vis­i­tor Information
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Admis­sion: Free
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