t e x t s c a p e (installation views)
t e x t s c a p e is a meditation on constructed worlds, communication and connection through the gesture of text messaging. Combining old and new photographic processes, Scafati creates a multitude of iterations of the ubiquitous smartphone textbox, extensively layering and enlarging its form from its familiar handheld 1- to 2-inch size to up to 7-feet. This play on scale shifts its physical relationship to the human form and suggests a metaphor for a greater psychological impact on human experience. This body-of-work takes the form of large-scale archival pigment scrolls comprised of cyanotypes and photograms, high-grade mesh prints, and fabricated wood, acrylic and textile objects. t e x t s c a p e was created during summer 2016 at International Center of Photography in New York and Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles. A site-specific installation of t e x t s c a p e was exhibited at Canopy during the East Austin Studio Tour 2016 (November 12-13 & 19-20).
The exhibition ' t e x t s c a p e : Susan Scafati and Sean Ripple ' opens at Co-Lab Projects' DEMO Gallery on February 4, 2017 (7pm-11pm Opening Reception) and runs through March 4, 2017. Open Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm. 721 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701. More info.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.