144 Instagrams, September 2010, 30×30″, giclee’ print on enhanced matte paper
My wife and I joke that “if you didn’t Instagram it, It didn’t happen”. This printed work catalogs about a years worth of Instagrams. Not everthing was used, but in this piece you can make out my love of type, movie screen captures, pottery, and common icons/architecture/fixtures that go unnoticed daily. Instagram captures images in a square format. I wonder why they decided that. Maybe it is nod to the instamatic…the Polaroid. Either way, its difficult to capture things visually within this format as we have become accustomed to a wider format and even wide-screen. Squares remind me of grids and grids remind me of architecture. My first introduction to drawing was in a Drafting class so many years ago in high school. I still remember how I “got it”. So much so that I won the award for that year. It wouldn’t be until 10 years later that I would pursue an art education in college. I get the square, but it’s tough to be square all the time.