I am an institution as a caretaker with an aesthetic agenda, and this installation explores periphery as it relates to vision and memory. Each glance is a cross-section not intended to provide a complete narrative but ask if we understand things best when our focus drops, or our gaze softens. GIL mule auction uses this approach to excavate social and material relationships between these images and their plural positions.
I started working with this collection of slides in the spring of 2013, shortly after I moved into my friend’s house in central Virginia. I found them in a grocery bag in a crawl space of my attic room. A roommate had brought them the year before, received from some kind of distant family friend, but I wasn’t interested in tracking down the source in a journalistic way. There’s approximately two thousand: the earliest are from 1961, the latest are from 1987, and some are undated.
For the inkjet prints I chose images that started to suspend a specific reality, and I broke open the slides to scan them at high resolution. The color-field images were produced by the same scanning process as the rest but come from extremely under- or over-exposed frames. In some cases, previously undetectable information became viewable. I created the videos (shot on super8 in 2015 and digitized at home) as an interpretive extension of the slides. The booklets are complete typologies from the collection.