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About the Artist

Katinka Matson
Born: New York, New York
Lives in New York, New York & Bethlehem, Connecticut

Education
BA, The New School, New York City

Website

www.katinkamatson.com

Selected Exhibitions

Forthcoming
Festival della Scienza 2004, Genoa, Italy, 28 October—8 November
Under the Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic

2004
No. 4 Gallery, San Diego, CA, February-April, 2004

2003

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference), Monterey, CA
katinkamatson.com: "Five Flowers" (
archived gallery)

2002
katinkamatson.com: "Forty Flowers" (archived gallery)
katinkamatson.com: "Twelve Flowers" (archived gallery)

Bibliography

Dan Dubno, "Scan Your Eyes Across This," CBS News, May, 2003
George B. Dyson, William H. Calvin, Nicholas Humphrey, Colin Tudge: "On Scanner Photography", Edge (www.edge.org), February 24, 2003
Paul Tough, "Scanner Photography" The New York Times Magazine, December 2002
Neural.it: "Flowers, Art Photography and the Scanner," December, 2002
Kevin Kelly, "Flowers," katinkamatson.com, February 2002


artist's statement

New technologies equal new perceptions. We create tools and then mould ourselves through our use of them.

In 1975, when the inventor Ray Kurzweil created the CCD (or “Charge Coupled Device”) flatbed scanner, no one imagined that this device, with a pixel-sensor that moved slowly back and forth across the page, would bring into question our established notions about seeing, vision, and perspective.

For the past several years I have experimented with a non-photographic technique for creating images by utilizing input through the flatbed CCD scanner. No camera or lenses are used. The process involves scanning flowers and other natural objects on an open-top scanner from underneath the objects with a slo-moving sensor. This technique allows for unusual opportunities to explore new ideas involving light, time, and rhythm.

It is a radically new digital aesthetic involving both new hardware (the scanner and the inkjet printer), and software (Adobe Photoshop), that allows for a new naturalism fusing nature and technology.

Without the distortion of the lens, highly detailed resolution is uniform throughout the image, regardless of the size of the printable media. The lighting effects from the sliding sensor beneath the object, coupled with overhead effects involving lighting and movement, result in a 3-D-like imaging of intense sharpness and detail. Images created by scanning direct-to-CCD cut away layers, and go to a deeper place in us than our ordinary seeing and vision.

  Katinka Matson
New York City

 

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