Having been interested in the use of formal and technological constraints in my work for some time, I have in the last two years been continuing this investigation, but with a new focus on the line, as well as on issues of originality, replication, and craft in a digital age.
In the Excel Drawings series (slides 1- 8), which grew out of my earlier How Much/One Million project (slides 9-13), I am using a very common software program, Microsoft Excel, to create artwork. While initially interested in using Excel as a drawing tool because it is almost exclusively associated with business and commercial functions, my continued interest in its use is derived from both practical and conceptual issues. In addition to allowing for unique replication, extrapolation, and algorithmic sorting functions, Excel provides highly intricate line and dimension controls. Thus in addition to being a functional tool for drawing, its use and the objects produced with it also raise a number of interesting questions, including: In a context of potentially infinite replication, what is the role of intention and originality? When elements of craft or randomness are introduced into what is expected to be an object of uniform graphic repetition, how does this change the viewer’s experience and understanding of the image? How do perceptual changes introduced by variation compare to those introduced by repetition?
Artist Bio / CV
Johannah Rodgers' work has been published in numerous literary and art magazines, including Women's Studies Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Boog City, Chain, Pierogi Press, and Fence. Her book sentences, a collection of stories, essays and drawings was published in 2007 by Red Dust. She studied writing, literature, and fine art at Stanford and Yale Universities and completed her M.F.A. at The City College of New York in 1998. She lives in Brooklyn.