Thursday, August 19, 2010;
Name: Steven Silberg
Hometown: Hazleton, Pa., and northern Delaware
Studio: Catonsville, Md.
On his choice to dissect digital images:
My work develops from an interest in exploring the degradation and decay of digital data and media. That investigation drew me to the digital image and specifically to the pixel, which is the basis of every digital image. Pixels are taken for granted but have become my palette. The skills that I developed to explore degradation translate into the tools I use for the construction of new images.
On the conceptual underpinnings of his work:
Today, we transmit, alter and receive information with less effort than ever before. We create professional-quality images, edit videos, and lay out publications with ease -- formerly only the realm of the professional. Technology democratizes the ability to create, yet this comes at the sacrifice of understanding the medium and tools we are using. As we become users of the technology, a disconnect grows between the process and the result. As an image-maker, I choose to take back the process. Rather than moving to traditional means of image making, I wish to engage the computer image at its [most basic] level -- the pixel.
On what we learn from his artwork:
As the viewer interacts with my installations, his or her awareness of the process of constructing an image grows; viewers witness and manipulate the visual matrix as it fills in a rigid and organized fashion. As tools allowing the viewer to become the chance operation within a rigidly planned system, these installations educate. Through extended image-making experiences, the viewer becomes aware of the constructive/deconstructive process inherent in imaging technologies.