Color Cue: Artist's Statement

Andy Mattern

Average Subject / Medium Distance

Turning the camera on its own logic, these photographs reconfigure paper guides once used to determine exposure and other image settings. Stripped of example imagery, technical numbers, and explanatory text, these relics from midcentury photographic practice are reduced to their underlying structure. In the process of removing this information, digital traces are created, shifting the surface into a rupture between physical and virtual, analog and digital, functional and useless. 

This process creates a new surface that hints at broader formal imperatives in the medium. A single word remains in each composition in its original location, while all the other information has been neutralized. This word operates as a springboard for interpretation while pointing to the priorities and conventions embedded in the original object.