Portfolio by Hannah Whitaker

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The transition from analog to digital is rooted in a logic of substitution. As the subject (paper) and the object (film) become digitized, one material substitutes for another. Within a given set, individual photographs relate to one another through repeated paper screens inside the camera at the moment of exposure. Often the detritus from making the screens appears in the photographs, so that one image offers clues to “complete” another, and the logic of substitution extends to a formal language.

These animations are composed of still photographs merged with cross fade transitions and degraded by Photoshop filters. The photographs will be exhibited in the group show Fixed Unknowns (July 14–September 10) at Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York, curated by Ava Ansari and Molly Kleiman.

Hannah Whitaker is an artist based in New York. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris, Locust Projects in Miami, and Thierry Goldberg in New York. In 2012, she was nominated for the Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Prize. She is a contributing editor for Triple Canopy.

Lucy Ives by Tan Lin
Lucy Ives 01
Ed Atkins by Terence Trouillot
Ed Atkins Bomb Magazine 01

Like his older compatriot Mark Leckey, Atkins deftly utilizes syncopated montages of sounds and filmic images to create disturbing and disorienting virtual realities.

Ryan Trecartin by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
Trecartin Bomb 01

“I liked thinking about the word occupy literally. To occupy something. To occupy a sensation or a history and then to be kicked out of it and be squatting near it and trying to reinvest in it.”

Camille Henrot by Michael Barron
Camillehenrot 1

“We also looked into hysterical and mythological bad dads. And so we twisted all this material into questions like ‘Has your father eaten your siblings?‘”