Fred Camper



Fred Camper

Work from Figments.

“Each “Figments” group is created from a single image, transformed into 47 lower resolution images or “elements,” which are made by using software to reduce it in size, and then re-enlarge it, by varying processes. These 47 images plus the original constitute the 48 “elements” from which each “Figments” group is constructed. My hope is to create a sense of these varying versions of the image plumbing and probing and clashing with and intensifying each other, and to argue that all versions are of equal interest, meaning, and beauty.

A “Figments” group consists of five sub-groups. The “Elements” sub-group presents each element on a separate sheet, and could also be bound as a book. The “Alls” sheet arranges all 48 versions of the image in a seven-by-seven grid, the original in the center and the lowest res version (a solid color) repeated at the beginning and end. The “Alls” sheets are editions of 12. There will be up to 36 “Figments” sheets for each group, combining between two to thirteen of the 48 elements in different ways. These are all editions of one. In the “Supers,” each rectangular “cell” consists of superimpositions of between two and five elements, with the layers usually slightly different sizes and slightly displaced from center. Occasionally, a Supers “cell” will consist of an element without superimpositions. There will be up to 32 “Supers” for each group, all editions of one. Each “Clouds” is also an edition of one, and each consists of a small portion of one of the five-layer “Supers” cells, enlarged by a factor of five. One idea behind editions of one is to argue that no single arrangement is any more “true” than any other, in the same way that none of the 47 low-resolution elements is any more “true” than any other, or than the original.” – Fred Camper

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