William Miller Brooklyn, NY, United States
A Form Rut
I regard the flatbed scanner as a kind digital camera that takes photographs one sliver at a time over the course of several minutes. In "A Form Rut" I take that prolonged exposure as an opportunity to explore the misuse of the scanner. During a pass, I take the source material (in this case, an Art Forum) and turn by hand it in a number of choreographed patterns and moves. Despite the fact that the scanner is an instrument of reproduction built for stillness, it can convey time and motion in a way that’s particular to its mechanics. The result is a visual anagram reminiscent of a collage but made from a single “exposure” of the scanner.