Above: Panagiota by artist Evan Penny. Smear sculpture.
Featured image: scanner experiments by Caitlind Brown.

Glitch aesthetics are used across art-media as a method of embracing the accidental, the haphazard, the broken, the defective, and the unintended. According to artist Scott Fitzgerald in The Art of the Glitch“glitch art is a way of taking these fractures in existing systems and examining them in a way that tries to make sense of them.”

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Video glitch by Scott Fitzgerald from The Art of the Glitch

Drawing from a broad history of automobile artworks, our intention for CARBON COPY is to transform an unremarkable suburban car into a monument to Edmonton’s car-centric culture, and a glitch in our regular understanding of everyday life. A re-appropriated kijiji car (a Plymouth Caravelle) will be hand-cut and stretched, warped and reconstituted, shaped into a new form simulating digital glitch aesthetics.

Edited - Car Scan

Car Scan Experiment 2
Scanner Experiments

Our irregular form is derived from a “rolling shudder smear,” based on scanner manipulations created by sliding an image across the scanner bed while it’s being copied. Literally flattening a 3D car into a 2D photograph, printing the image, scanning it, and re-creating the 2D image as a 3D sculpture, CARBON COPY will re-interpret digital information back into physical form using the raw materiality of an automobile.

Good Vibrations Storage Unit by architect Ferruccio Laviani
Digital Orca by artist Douglas Coupland. Image from Wikipedia Commons

There is a triple-simulation from 3D to 2D and back again, offering a metaphor for contemporary culture where information is interpreted, re-interpreted, and misinterpreted in a constant cycle (and re-cycle) of technology, media, and digital space. Within this complex landscape, glitches and aberrations are sometimes re-absorbed, moving beyond their genesis to become something new, separate, and previously unimaginable – a broken mirror image of their origins.

Evolving from wordplay, the name CARBON COPY references both the scanner-glitch aesthetic of a digital copy, and the carbon footprint of owning a car. To viewers, the artwork offers a playful half-joke: located on the edge of a parking lot, above a parkade, bordering a burger restaurant, and a car-friendly shopping district, CARBON COPY is an apt expression of unreality within an automobile-centered culture.

Early CARBON COPY vehicle cuts, as seen in the fabricator’s workshop at F&D Scene Changes

Copyright Statement - CARBON COPY

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