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Monday, May 2 • 12:45pm - 1:15pm
Jeff Becker Slurry Series

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This is the way that it looks now, but what will it look like later? That is the nature of the Slurry Series. I will show works from this series that are still evolving. I will show an animation showing the evolution of an image from just after it is printed until it stops changing and completely dries.

Clashing into the future, the Slurry Series work slides into a realm where still photography becomes movement, the results are painterly, eventually motionless, and evolving no further. I am trapped now, in a place that isn't painting, but certainly not traditionally photographic - or have I removed any line that may have separated the mediums?

Boundaries, being moveable constructs, exist solely to be pushed. I push them. When is a photograph a painting? Is an inkjet printer a paintbrush? Contrary to time being of the essence, for the Slurry Series works, time is of necessance. Along the way these images evolve, sometimes noticeably, occasionally silent. Over a period of 6 to 9 months this work will morph, but the essence remains. As technology replaces human functions, and as I 'paint' with my inkjet printer, though I start with a photograph or scan, is the resulting image a photo or a painting? It is certain that it is ink on paper, but the certainty ends there. Though my original images are created with preciseness and control, the resultant works are more free. Using hardware as a paintbrush, images enter the printer as non-manipulated photographs, but end up looking more like watercolors, just by letting nature carry the process, with the occasional helping hand of man, the environment, and the months of time it takes for evolution to occur.

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Jeff Becker

Photographer, Jeff Becker Photography
I'm a photographer who escaped from geekdom before geekdom was cool. But there is no escape from all that technology. So you can talk to me about that and film photography, vinyl records, growing food, world travel, and whatever else you think is engaging.



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