The contemporary experience of place has become inextricably bound and mediated through the interface of mobile technology. The same technology records and uploads such a vast amount of image data, 350 million images a day is one estimate, that an image maker might conclude that there is nothing left to photograph. However, with this challenge comes an opportunity for artists to assess the billions of images being made and curate, contextalize, and authenticate them. Lewis Baltz said that, as soon as an image is on the web, it belongs to everyone” if anything I predict that more and more artists will use the internet as a source, especially as virtual reality overtakes what is believed to be our reality.”
The images in the series Search Windows consists of images from Midwestern suburban areas chosen on the computer through Google searches of the words such as “home”, “development”, and other real estate terms used to conjure a positive association with a neighborhood. Over time, searches became more specific, for example, “cicadas” and “rocking chair” were used and based off specific memories that inspired the titles of the works. 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 his emotions about his own experience.