Rubb-O-Gram is an exploration of drawing with light, random form, and pattern with the intent to recall the photogram process in the digital age.

The photogram is traditionally made by placing an object or objects on a light sensitive surface and exposing it to light. The resulting unique print is a direct representation of the object placed on the surface. This history of photography is rich with examples of this type of inquiry, from Henry Fox Talbot to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Its practice has grown and shifted over time as new technologies were developed.

This series is an examination of the idea of direct representation, or drawing with light, in the absence of traditional photographic materials such as light sensitive paper and chemicals. To do this I turned to alternative means. Using an overhead projector, I playfully dropped rubber bands onto its base surface and projected their images onto a screen allowing accidental patterns to build. The rubber bands, acting as a conveyor of line form unpredictable patterns or drawings. I then digitally photographed the light projections, inverted their likeness and made inkjet prints. The resulting prints are then trimmed and arranged in a grid, imposing a structure of order upon the random patterns. The alignment is intentionally imperfect to imply entropy at play. My intentional use of low tech materials (the lowly rubber band and the obsolete overhead projector) is meant to humble the process and hopefully bring a hint of humor.

2012