Average Subject/Medium Distance

February 7 – March 24, 2018

Examining the hierarchy between technology and the individual, Andy Mattern’s latest solo show, Average Subject / Medium Distance, repositions the practice of photography as both a medium and the object in question.A dialogue between contemporary and historic practice, Mattern’s works places the implications of technology under examination, focusing on its subsequent authority and visibility in our everyday lives.

A photographic series, Average Subject / Medium Distance, captures vintage “guides” or “computers”, a common photography tool used in the 1940s and 1950s to adjust exposure, depth of field, and lighting prior to the widespread dissemination of the automatic consumer camera.A small card comprised of paper dials with numbers and notches designed to output recommended camera settings, this humble apparatus promised greater control over our environment- a technological perspective that flourished under the auspices of Modernism.While each paper card carries a trove of information… more

Additional work by the artist available here