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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Liena Vayzman: Gaps & Fills

The exhibition Gaps and Fills is comprised of panoramic photographs of natural landscapes interrupted by computer glitches, gaps and "loss". The photographer's point of view shifts so that they do not give a unified or singular authoritative viewpoint. Vayzman exploits the digital decays and pixel dropouts, called slivers, and loss that occur by chance when digital technology (as with iPhone photography in this case) is pushed to its limit. Vayzman incorporated these chance mistakes and errors in order to challenge a history of landscape photography that is associated with a straight patriarchal or Western colonial gaze. Instead she leaves gaps and unanswered questions in the photographs. She is inspired by her meditation practice of walking in nature, Japanese and Chinese traditional landscape aesthetics, as well as the process of forest decay and transformation such as fungus, lichen and mold. The photographs capture a feeling of solitude while visualizing absence and emptiness. The holes are also related to the photographer's childhood experiences of migraine memory dropouts, and her research on mystic visions, while the rhythms in these photos relate to her video practice and music.

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