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, 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), c-print, 36 x 30″, 2010.
10 February – 2 April 2011
Altman Siegel Gallery