Trevor Paglen – Unhuman

“Unhuman” is the second solo show that Trevor Paglen has had with the Altman Siegel Gallery. His recent photography is on display at the San Francisco gallery and will remain there through April 2nd.

Trevor Paglen - They Watch the Moon - 2010
Trevor Paglen, They Watch the Moon, c-print, 48 x 36″, 2010.

Paglen defines his interest with photography as the “practice of seeing with machines.” The directness of this approach has yielded some stunning results. Amplified vision and time sensitive visual representations offer impossible views of this world and beyond. Something unknown is always being seen with our new tools and this artist is marking the changes.

Trevor Paglen - Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) - 2010
Trevor Paglen, Trevor Paglen – Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) (Detail, part two of diptych), c-print, 50 x 40″, 2010.

The body of work in this exhibition has the camera turned inward and outward. We get to watch the watchers using the same dirty tricks we’ve come to expect. “Unhuman,” as represented in this context does not refer to a shortcoming of technology as it may have in the past. It’s a descriptor of the new found comfort level with our increased capabilities. For better and worse, it is a sign of what we have become.

Trevor Paglen - Reaper Drone (Indian Springs, NV Distance ~ 2 miles) - 2010
Trevor Paglen, Reaper Drone (Indian Springs, NV Distance ~ 2 miles), c-print, 36 x 30″, 2010.

Trevor Paglen
Unhuman
10 February – 2 April 2011
Altman Siegel Gallery
San Francisco



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Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.





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