BROOKLYN, NY.- Pratt Institute
's Department of Film/Video & Photography will present a solo show of work by artist Fred Camper
titled Figments that will feature digitally altered images of increasingly low resolutions based on an original single photograph. The exhibition runs from September 10 through October 9 in Room 311 of the Juliana Curran Terian Design Center on the Brooklyn Campus and is free and open to the public.
Campers work is based on an original single photograph that has been digitally converted into dozens of lower resolution images that are combined, juxtaposed side-by-side, and superimposed. Small portions of images are also excerpted and enlarged from a sampling of the superimposed images that create abstract, dreamy compositions. The exhibition will also feature a collection of work titled "Venues 1: Juliana Curran Terian Design Center," based on 176 slightly modified photographs Camper made while walking around and into Pratts Juliana Curran Terian Design Center.
One goal of the exhibition is to create a feeling that the inner machinery of the digital image is exposed, its various parts seeming to grind against each other said Camper. Another is to try to present all these versions of an image, from the original to its reduction to a single solid color, as equally authentic, equally beautiful, and equally true, he added.
Camper, an accomplished experimental filmmaker, began completing digital prints in early 2005. He began exhibiting his art two years ago and has had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and his home base of Chicago. In addition to filmmaking, Camper has written extensively on art and cinema; his articles have been published in books and periodicals including ArtNEWS, Film Culture, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, and Artforum. He has also lectured on and curated showings of avant-garde films throughout the world.
The exhibition is curated by Acting Chair of Film/Video & Photography Deborah Meehan.