In this series, Blue Light Grid I explore the idea of representation with the use of light in the absence of traditional photographic materials, such as light sensitive paper, film and chemicals. In the case of Blue Light Grid, I digitally record nothing other than light itself and the conditions of its recording.

To create these works I use a vintage overhead projector and direct its light towards a rear projection screen. The low quality of the optics of the projector becomes evident by the uneven light that vignettes at the corners. The bed of the projector is empty and projects only light. I then map out the projected light into a grid and photograph it in sections. The digital capture of the camera and the optics of the lens, further vignettes and distort the light. I then take this group of pictures and invert them, creating a negative image (the original is yellow in color, the negative blue) evoking a photogram, the direct capture of light onto photographic materials. When the images are reassembled they generate a pulsating rhythm of light and reveal the particular condition and limitations of the camera and the overhead projector. I intentionally allow an imperfect alignment of the prints to further express a natural order of disorder.

2012