Loci_ is a series of prints generated by custom sound-to-image visualization software. Audio field recordings are fed into the system, converted to visual waveforms, then manipulated in real-time into abstract imagery that invokes the perception of landscape. There is a limited degree of control in this real-time manipulation, allowing for a range of unexpected effects to occur.
The project continues my focus on the interstices of terrain and phenomenology, and the discarding of information that occurs during transcoding/translation from one state to another. Also an influence in the project is the article "The Lie of the Land", written by cultural geographer Don Mitchell. In this text Mitchell critiques a fellow geographer who claims one can glean the truth of any given landscape -- its history, geology, class structure, etc -- simply by looking at it. In fact, says Mitchell, the view that any landscape presents is manufactured to tell a certain story, and hides more than it reveals. In Loci_, the original space and sound of recording is alienated from and exists in parallel to the abstract non-place of the image.
Artist Bio / CV
Blake Carrington (b. 1980) operates within the spheres of the visual, sound, and performing arts. His work in all of these forms displays a minimal aesthetic and finds resonance with the graphic sign systems of architectural plans and other minimal spatial representations. Last year he completed a commission for Radio del Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, performed in the River to River Festival in New York, and has recently been artist-in-residence at LMCC's Swing Space on Governors Island and at Haeinsa Temple in South Korea. He received a NYSCA grant in support of his debut CD release concert at the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York. He has also completed residencies at HIAP in Helsinki, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and Rustines Lab in Montreal. Blake was born in Indiana and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
SELECTED LIVE PERFORMANCES AND CONCERTS
LOCI_PALIMPSEST, River to River Festival, St. Paul's Chapel, New York NY
HAEINSA_PALIMPSEST, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea
CATHEDRAL SCAN CD RELEASE CONCERT, Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, New York NY
LMAK SERIES, LMAK Projects, New York NY
ELEKTRA INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL, Usine C, Montreal Québec
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS
SOLO EXHIBITION, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia PA
A STRONG HAND THAT NONETHELESS GETS YOU NOWHERE, This Red Door @ Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn NY
TRANSFORMING FUNCTION 1 (curated by Melissa Levin and Will Penrose), LMCC Gov. Island Gallery, New York
TRANSFORMING FUNCTION 2 (curated by Melissa Levin and Will Penrose), Conrad Hotel Gallery, New York NY
TONG (Curated by Yu Yeon Kim, Geraldo Mosquera and Jiwoong Yoon), Haeinsa Temple, South Korea
DIS/CONTINUUM (Solo show), Central Utah Arts Center, Ephraim, UT
FUTURE TENSE, Luxe/Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York NY
SUOKISSA, Suomenlinna - Atelier Tobias, Helsinki Finland
VIDEOFORMES, Vidéothèque Éphémère, Clermont-Ferrand France
17 DAYS, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo NY