Pratt Institute’s Department of Film/Video and Photography will present a solo show of two bodies of work by artist Fred Camper titled “Figments,” that feature digitally altered images of increasingly low resolutions based on original single photographs. The exhibition runs from September 10 through October 9 in Room 311 of the Juliana Curran Terian Design Center on the Brooklyn Campus and is free and open to the public.
Camper’s body of work, titled “Figments,” is based on original single photographs that have been digitally converted into dozens of lower resolution images that are combined, juxtaposed side-by-side, and superimposed. Small portions of images are also excerpted and enlarged from a sampling of the superimposed images to create abstract, dreamy compositions. The exhibition also will feature a collection of work, titled “Venues 1: Terian Center,” based on over 100 moderately cropped and modified photographs Camper made while walking around and into Pratt’s Juliana Curran Terian Design Center.
“One goal of the exhibition is to create a feeling that the inner machinery of the digital image is exposed, its various parts seeming to grind against each other,” said Camper. “Another is to try to present all these versions of an image, from the original to its reduction to a single solid color, as equally authentic, equally beautiful, and equally true,” he added.
Camper was already an accomplished experimental filmmaker when he began completing digital prints in early 2005. He began exhibiting his art two years ago and has had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and his home city of Chicago. In addition to filmmaking, Camper has written extensively on art and cinema; his articles have been published in books and periodicals including ARTnews, Film Culture, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, and ArtForum. He also has lectured on and curated showings of avant-garde films throughout the world. For more information on Camper, please see www.fredcamper.com.
The exhibition is organized by Deborah Meehan, Acting Chair of Film/Video and Photography at Pratt Institute.
About Pratt Institute:
Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute (www.pratt.edu) is the largest independent college of art and design in the northeastern United States, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the schools of architecture, art and design, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Pratt is located on 25 landscaped acres in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn and has a Manhattan campus in a renovated seven-story building on West 14th Street in Chelsea.