M O I S
Debuting at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for the 2014 Los Angeles Art Book Fair, MOIS is a new SSK Press project that will incorporate images taken in the future, the present and the past, with previously unseen bodies of work from Fukushima, Tokyo, Querétaro, Mexico City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Toronto among others. One new photobook publication will be created every month from start to finish and will be released here at SSK Press, along with a unique special edition copy that will include an artifact from whatever city the publication is set in. A play on words in French, the title MOIS translates literally to 'months' with moi meaning ‘I’.
The newest title in the series, sea, is a collection of images from a one-week trip I had in Mexico City in 2013. Throughout the trip, whether by accident or through negligence, all my cameras broke except for a small, focus-less, single aperture half-frame camera I had brought with me. Not caring about what kind of pen I was using, I started to write down whatever images I could through whatever means I had. Then, a couple days before I was to leave, a large explosion occurred in the city at the Pemex Executive Tower, killing 37 people and injuring over 120 more. It never really seeped into my moment there until I returned to my studio in Los Angeles and started exploring ways to incorporate the time I spent there into a project, and all I could see was the fire from the explosion. Through a series of experimental processes, I came up with a system of crude techniques to use while developing my negatives, involving excessive agitation, boiling water and intentional sun / light exposure. The result, along with the smaller half-frame negative I was forced to use, gives the grain and silver in the image an extra nuance when enlarged, texturally mimicking both ash and sandpaper- as if the images were brushed with steel wool or were the remnants from a fire. This new book, besides being the largest, is conceptually the most advanced photobook I’ve done since the 1000 Miles series, from the hand-torched melted plastic cover, to the charcoal rubbing on the title page- I know that sentence just made me sound like the biggest douche ever, but basically what I’m trying to say is that this is completely different, something entirely new, and something that you will hopefully enjoy. Thanks for stopping by :)
sea is made up entirely of images created with a half-frame camera during a one-week trip in Mexico from January 26th, 2013 - February 2nd, 2013 and is now available in an edition of 50 below.