Analog or digital: it's the Thunderdome throw-down of our time. Two formats enter; one format leaves. Either or. Pick a side. Or do like Brooklyn-based artist Job Piston, and use 'em both. Reds is a series of physical prints made on light-sensitive paper pressed up against a computer screen—and they're pretty dang cool.
In an interview with KCET Artbound, Piston explains that the experimental technique actually came about by accident—as many genius ideas do—when he exposed a pile of paper in the darkroom while checking his email one day.
Piston refers to the finished work as "a fossil of the computer screen," an interesting explanation that brings together another pair of oftentimes disparate forces: man and machine. "The image has been photographed, processed, scanned, uploaded, downloaded, pixelated and exposed before it has had time to come up for air. The result is a slippery residue of what's left."
While Piston is specifically focusing on identity and the soul-searching questions of selfie-culture with this collection of portraits, it seems like there's incredible potential to try out loads of different themes with the process: a history of photo equipment, from camera obscuras Daguerrotypes to pinholes to Polaroids; or actual fossils, even. Too meta? Either way, man, I'm digging Piston's whole project here. [KCET Artbound, UCR ARTSblock]