Some laundry, buildings, playground equipment, Inukjuak, upper Hudson's Bay, Nunavik Quebec, a suite of images taken over the span of a month in the dead of winter 2016. The images are made with a mechanical camera imperious to the extreme cold, and then digitally remastered. The arctic ἄρκτος (arktos), meaning bear.  There's an accompanying artist's book called What.


Begun on an invitation in the summer of 2017 and March 2018 to go to Fogo Island, Nfld, although if truth be told the urgency of the project goes back much farther, to questions on what's so important about getting our bearings (and loosing bearings) in a landscape with few guideposts, and few obvious landmarks, and scarce any people to see, and when it's not even our land so why would we bother. A land of dropstones and erratics. The ornamented land, where as in folk and fairy tales the stones often aren't even stones, but crumbs, as in the tale of Hansel and Gretel, where the children leave a trail of crumbs so as to find a way back to safety. See more working details here.


These projects are about objects.  It may be helpful to say that what I mean by object is a noun, in the sense of a noun as tangible and available to our sense of touch, like stones, playground equipment, negatives, and iphone, as well as things that are more ephemeral and not as directly available to touch, nouns like risk, algorithm, or even field, or landscape.   Sometimes I've found it helpful to say that my work is about landscape , in the double sense that objects exist in landscape, and we are also landscape. When speaking visually this is more contentious even than the idea of object as noun.  In the field of photography to say that a work is about landscape seems to mean a picture of scenery, preferably no objects, and few people. This is a powerful notion, try it yourself on Google search or in a search of Instagram #landscape. It's a notion that's in our minds eye, mine as well.  Say landscape, and that's the image that pops up. In art, as in our mind's eye and photography, landscape is shorthand for a picture of scenery (no objects, few people); portrait a picture of people; still life a picture of objects. 

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