Contemporary political philosopher Martin Gurri describes a mysterious relationship in any civilization at any time and place between information and authority. Gurri defines this link as the dictator’s dilemma; a dictator must control and restrict communications to a minimum for security reasons. However, to make their rule legitimate and prosperous, information must flow freely. The expansion of data occurs in waves; for example, the invention of writing consolidated political power in a singular entity capable of deciphering that writing. The printing press led to printed books and pamphlets, equal access, the reformation, the American and French Revolutions, and modern science. Mass media made propaganda regimes, a consolidation of access to information, and the totalitarian politics of the 20th and 21st centuries. What interests me is the Internet and how the Internet defeated the mass media age, leading to a period of new media and the triumph of imagery over text. For the first time in our history, images are more important than words, which has significant implications for the relationship between information and authority. Gurri defines the New Media Ages as the Fifth Wave of information over humanity.
Naturally, this obsession with the Internet led my artistic process to where modern imagery comes from, Google searches. Web searches for imagery put me in touch with the most popular algorithmic images of contemporary events. Additionally, these searches can produce unexpected results; for example, a search for images of “information” can lead to a wide range of source material from hands, brains, binary code, social media icons, and clouds. The serendipitous connections of the New Media Age are fulfilling to my process and allow for creative connections to occur. Nonlinear narratives arrive from the ashes of Internet imagery and form in the modern version of the printing press, Photoshop. Photoshop is central to my process; it is digital, contemporary, and powerful. It combines a multitude of functions into one interface that allows the artist to leverage the full potential of their creativity.
Chaos is the result of my practice; images bounce around everywhere and collide into my picture planes. Observers of my work can sense spontaneous connections between various icons and symbols. The semiotics of my process is random. Just like in the New Media Age, where imagery can aimlessly spark revolutions, cancellations, and confusion, I intend to question the relationship between information and authority today. Politics to me has always been the study of power, and my primary interest is in how humanity relates to control.