Plane of Action explores how Kevin Hoth and George P. Perez glitch, deconstruct, and rebuild machine and hand-altered photographs. The two artists distort the legibility of imagery sourced from personal collections, archives, and social media through acts of weaving, cutting, collage, and even burning. These interventions cause the original pictures to lose most of their clarity and undergo an aesthetic reconstruction. By compressing constant streams of analog and digital imagery into single planes, the artists create compositions that are saturated with action and tension to such a degree that these elements become white noise. The artworks evolve to resemble degraded digital-distortions or freeze-frames on momentary glitches. Each artist negotiates balances between the slow, methodical processes of weaving and collaging and the aesthetics of new media and fast technology.
About the Artists:
George P. Perez explores mundane situations and day-to-day scenarios in his work. Utilizing everyday images and unconventional processes, he creates collages, installations, and sculptures. He bridges a view of neglected photography to preserve sentimental characteristics that play with stereotypical images to reconstruct their significance and importance.
Perez received a BFA from the University of Colorado Boulder and is currently an MFA Candidate under the Gilbert Fellowship at Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center and at the Denver Children’s Museum. He is a recipient of the MCA Denver Octopus Initiative Grant. Perez has been a Photo-Facilitator with Working Assumptions based out of Berkeley, CA, and part of the M12 cohort, an award-winning artist collective that specializes in rural aesthetics and landscape.
Kevin Hoth fragments and then recombines photographic vantage points and momentary captures. In his landscape work he uses a mirror to move beyond the traditional singular vantage point in order to merge spaces in-camera. In his instant film assemblage work, he physically disrupts the developing image, using destruction to create entry points where multiple timelines may come together. This work explores image disruption as a transgressive, healing and synthesizing process.
Hoth is an artist and educator based in Boulder. He received his MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle with a focus in photography and digital video. His work has been shown nationally and internationally at various institutions, including the Medium Photo Festival, San Diego; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle; The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; and the Rhode Island Center for Photography, Providence. He teaches photography and graphic design courses at the University of Colorado Boulder and is represented by Walker Fine Art, Denver.