Fashion Accessories Series

Installation Shot, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 1998 – 2004

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Project Statment

Fashion Accessories metaphorically conveys my interest in the intersection of popular culture, science, and commerce. In recent years, there have been several new drugs that have been released to the public which allow for various personal enhancements. I have chosen these “designer drugs” as a departure point to create a body of work that metaphorically conveys the wide array of possibilities that prescription drugs could offer the individual while questioning the use of pharmaceutical science and technology in our everyday lives.

 

Half the images within this series are taken from actual drugs that currently exist. They are presented opposite their contra-indications (side effects) that I have taken directly from the Physician’s Desk Reference book. The other images represent drugs that I have imagined could potentially exist in the future. With the assistance of these drugs are we removing the experiential part of living from the individual; or is it just another accessory: a brush, a belt, a razor, and a pill?

 

This series represents a combination of Chemical, Alternative, and Digital Photography. The works are printed on Fuji Metallic Warm Color Photo Paper and each image measures 45 x45 inches.

 

Installation Shot, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 1998 – 2004

 

Of note, I started this series at a time when digital art was still not fully embraced by the art and photographic communities.  To battle this question of the validity of the medium, artist’s began taking digital files and printing them in historic photographic processes.  I think they did this to somehow validate the new digital the medium.  I chose to go the opposite route, and take alternative processes and place them in a digital space because I felt: 1) the argument against digital work was weak at best; & 2) digital space was the natural place for historic photographic processes to be combined seamlessly.  Although commonplace now, I was one of the very first artists in the 90’s to take alternative photographic processes and place them in a digital space.  This series came out of those early explorations.

for Weight-Loss, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 1998

 

to Trust, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2004

 

for Penile-Enlargement, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2000

 

to Forget, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2003

 

for Erectile-Dysfunction, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 1998

 

for Regret, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2004

 

for Birth-Control, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 1999

 

t0 Dream, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2003

 

for Hair-Loss, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 1998

 

to Hope, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2004

 

for Premature Ejaculation, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2002

 

for Vulnerability, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2003

 

for Muscle-Gain, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2000

 

for Silence, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2004

 

for Anti-Aging, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 1998

 

for Answers, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2004

 

for Smoking-Cessation, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2002

 

to Forgive, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2003

 

for Anger, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2003

 

to Communicate, Light Jet Print on Warm Metallic Paper, 45 x 45 each, 2003