Chris Ireland

Search Windows

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Rocking Chair Lane, Archival Inkjet Print

The brain is not an album in which memories are stored discreetly like unchanging photographs. A memory is instead, a fleeting constellation of brain activity. Google Street View, on the contrary, is an online database of fixed images that give a visual representation of any place where data is available. The terrain of data stored online is so unimaginably vast, and impossible to maintain, that while traversing every conceivable angle, one can feel alone in an undiscovered place that looks entirely familiar. Just like home.

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Frame Street, Archival Inkjet Print

The images in the series Search Windows consists of images from Midwestern suburban areas chosen on the computer through Google searches of the chosen words that I associate with nostalgic feelings of home such as “fireflies”, “carpet”, “apple pie” and other terms used to conjure a emotional association with a place.  I am  interested in the conceptual implications of presenting an idea of “home” through virtual means, but the impersonal nature also just seems more in tune with my emotions about my own experience. 

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Cicada Street, Archival Inkjet Print
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Splendor Drive
, Archival Inkjet Print
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Garden Street, Archival Inkjet Print
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Maple Street
, Archival Inkjet Print
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Firefly Court, Archival Inkjet Print
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Mirror Street, Archival Inkjet Print
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Memory Lane, Archival Inkjet Print
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Cicada Street
, Archival Inkjet Print
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Lost Nation Rd. Archival Inkjet Print
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Meadow Lake Way, Archival Inkjet Print
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Moonlight Drive, Archival Inkjet Print
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Cottage Street
, Archival Inkjet Print
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Firefly St
, Archival Inkjet Print
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Cherry Lane
, Archival Inkjet Print
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Frame Street, Archival Inkjet Print
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Saphire Lane, Archival Inkjet Print
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Mt. Zion Road
, Archival Inkjet Print
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Candy Lane
, Archival Inkjet Print
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Tree House Court
, Archival Inkjet Print