Platformer is a slideshow that consists of twenty-eight 35mm slides made from photographs I took while on a trip to Spiral Jetty and throughout the Southwest. The photos are open, almost generic landscape views taken on my cellphone through a beam splitter - an optical lens that filters and reflects certain wavelengths of light.
The piece presents a linear progression of familiar vistas that have been recorded through a filter. Location and history have been removed removed, and the gaps in the implied narrative require the viewer to fill the scenes with his or her own experience or imagination. The beam splitter discards light and forces the viewer to replace the information that was reflected away. A truly basic and familiar format – the slideshow – provides expectations of specificity and narrative placement that are never fulfilled. It is my hope that the invoked dissonance between familiarity and the unknown causes the viewer to examine the internal and subconscious platform from which they observe and create their world.