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Early Works: Studies Made in a Cube
These first formal studies of painted string were produced in 1995 as part of (IR) rational Movements with a Camera. This practice of creating images in a controlled environment dates back to exercises taught by Nathan Lerner at the Institute of Design (New Bauhaus, Chicago) in the 1940-60s. In the most basic sense, this exercise was a means to refine personal technique, formal qualities, and better understand the physical limitations of the large-format camera.
The choice for using the string arrangements as metaphor was an experiment to locate a non-narrative form of communication or language. This format was an attempt to crossfertilize the visual application with another complex format for media transmission.
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