21 June – 6 July, 2018
Where have you been? You look like shit!
Where have you been? You look like shit! is an exhibition of new works by Patrick Hamilton. The project reexamines visual conventions of image-making in a world that is increasingly interpreted via digital representations and reproductions.
A single stock image depicting a snowy Himalayan peak is scrunched into a ball, re-photographed from hundreds of angles, then subsequently re-flattened and framed, treated again as the pristine image. The image-data is processed with photogrammetry software and expanded into a detailed computer model, out of which a varied series of forms are created: A metal casting of a 3D print; a blow-up of the 3D object’s texture maps; a rendered video sequence of the captured geometry.
Rather than commemorating the photographers intended use for the image — an adventure-travel brochure or website banner, for instance — the photo is distorted, duplicated and reshaped to operate in an unrecognisable context. Presenting disorientating imagery, existing between it’s physical and virtual states, adds to the already overwhelming rush of images circulating our vision.