American Glitch: Neo-Regionalism
“All the good ideas I’ve ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.”
– Grant Wood
American Regionalism arose in popularity in the 1930’s in the grip of the Great Depression. People looked to this style to freeze and preserve reassuring images of the heartland, agricultural and industrial might, and humble “salt of the earth” perceptions of culture. Now, over 80 years later, our country is struggling to release itself from financial turmoil, and once again entrenched in a “Nostalgia or Future” argument with itself. I believe that in general, looking and working hard toward the future will always win over weepy, representations of the “good ol’ days” that never, ever, actually existed.
In this series I’m venturing out into the land seeking the same romantic reassuring images, and rarely finding these nostalgic glimpses. I find the fingerprint of technology, corporations, industrialization, and sprawling urbanization… and I embrace it.
Armed with technology: cell phones, gps, digital cameras, apps, I scan the landscape at high speed, blasting music, sampling rough pixel data of whatever flashes by, aware of my own perception of the world viewed through a tiny screen. Firing it off into the digital aether that surrounds us all with a push of a button.
These images were captured from moving cars and trains using slit scanning software on an iPhone. The images have been processed in Photoshop for printing purposes. The landscape scans range from blocks to miles in length and each pixel represents the color data of a few inches to yards. Images are composed of various sized pixel blocks and include many areas of “glitched” data. Many of the pieces in this series were selected based upon their similar qualities to Regionalist paintings. The large scale vinyl images are printed on the largest photo quality billboard printer in North America located in New Jersey.