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Neo-Surreal
digital prints
2017


Neo-Surreal is a collection of work that extracts intentionally and unintentionally surreal imagery from 1980s BYTE magazine ads. The reconfiguration of this material highlights the ways in which such imagery, viewed in hindsight, inadvertently portrays some of the stranger and more sinister aspects that technology eventually came to embody. For instance, one finds things like a computer wearing a policeman's hat and wielding a riding crop (evoking surveillance) or a pill opening to reveal a computer chip (evoking biometrics). Similarly to Richard Prince in his Cowboys series, I've done nothing here except to remove the text, restore some backgrounds, and re-title the images. I completed this work while in residence at the Internet Archive.

I also collaborated with Colpa Press to produce a full-bleed zine of selected BYTE ads, available through Printed Matter.




You Are Under Arrest





I Live Here





Regimen





Greener Pastures





I'm Losing





Soft Computing





Just Hook it to My Veins





After Hours





A Private Moment with DOS and UNIX





Join Us





R.I.P.





Both Ways Up





How Did We Get Here





Floppies for Dinner





Sound Bite





Don't Press the Button





You Will Be Assimilated





Yesterday and Today





Working From Space





Stuck in My Head





Uninterruptible





The Wizard





A Printer is Born





The Documents





Apple Powered





Calling No One





Habitat





Think Like a Computer





Eureka





Shoot Your Computer





Don't Sleep





The Orb of Ambivalence
digital print
2017


This print collects people from 1980s-era computer ads and catalog images. In the original image from which each person was taken, he or she was touching a computer, keyboard, or mouse.



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