knowledges | Artist-in-residence spotlight: Assaf Evron

knowledges | Artist-in-residence spotlight: Assaf Evron


When I wanted to print my work as a photographer I started to look at color profiles. And those are all like digital models based on sets of three numbers that makes the computer understand how to represent the colors that I’m seeing on the screen and on the paper that I’m printing. And when I start to look at them I realize that we tend to represent them as objects or as virtual objects because those numbers don’t mean much to us and when you look at an object it all makes sense. The starting point of this project was the way we as humans visualize that data. I realized no, it’s not about color it’s about the object it’s about how we choose to organize the color. In the 19th century it was really popular to build clay models to illustrate mathematical formulas which is also a subject of a very famous photographic
series by photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto who photographed those objects of knowledge which are representing different mathematical formulas. Also, Man Ray was very interested in them and created some photographs based on some models of math formulas he saw in Paris. And that is the thing this like weird affinity of us as human beings is finding a form to represent reason. Those objects and forms which also repeat in culture they’re all very familiar They all make sense to us they all make sense as objects of knowledge. It’s really interesting how those shapes travel and they’re all arbitrary they’re all our choices. Those are our choices how to make information visible. How do we take something from the world of ideas the world of virtual imaging and turn it into an object in the world? Something it never had been or was never intended to be? That was my motivation to make those sculptures. It is interesting to always subvert and challenge that so it’s interesting for me to break that order by divorcing what is represented and the symbol that represents it. And when you do that the object is now open for new meanings. In that way, the meaning grows and the same objects can get multiple meanings and it doesn’t have to be a meaning it could be a plural. And that’s also a way that you can acknowledge ways of thinking that are slightly different than yours or radically different than yours.

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