February 27 – April 2, 2016 Opening Reception – Feb. 27, 7-9pm
In this solo exhibition at David Petersen Gallery, Scott Nedrelow presents a collection of new work that continues his inventive exploration of the actions, perceptions, materials and tools of digital photography. Full of both aesthetic and conceptual considerations, Nedrelow’s photo-based video, sculpture and painting playfully and poetically address the depiction of light and its relationship with the viewer, as well as the means by which we view these depictions. With View Finder, Nedrelow creates sculptural videos composed of standing flatscreen TVs. These video sculptures collapse the space of sculptural documentation, i.e. between that which is documented, the tools of documentation and the presentation of that documentation. These videos present the documented object on a TV, only to be installed with the actual documented object employed to prop the standing TV on the floor of the gallery space. Nearly as still as a photographs, the video’s only motion is a gradual change of the studio’s ambient light as it rakes across a monochrome field. The frame of the television is used as a “viewfinder” to display the duration photograph of the object itself. Produced with an ultra high-definition camera, the relationship between the same objects depicted on screen and situated in actual space makes for a slippery, perceptual incongruity. Furthering this discordant layering of photography's elements are wall-hung frames that encase backdrop photography paper. With these pieces, Nedrelow photographs monochromatic backdrop paper to create monochromatic prints that then are hung atop the original photographed paper. The print of each work asserts itself physically, the bottom of the paper curling under like a scroll. Similar to the sculptural videos, an object is rendered pictorially as image only for that image to become a physical construction.