Jason Overby: Art at Belmont March 2011

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about physicality – how the full data spectrum of a place, person, bit of culture, or event can affect you in subtle ways.  With these collages I wanted to explore my past immersively, to encode sense impressions that would evoke for me nostalgia, melancholy, weirdness, the phenomenological goo of my experiences instead of their literal form.  I hoped that by making the collages sculptural, by giving them materiality, I could build images that could not be represented well virtually, the actuality of which was their content.  I wanted to let the work reveal itself to me, to emerge from the accumulation of random debris and art refuse I’m surrounded by, to surprise me in the same way that the world continously does.  Eno said:

“Digital is too deterministic. At the purely electronic level, there are very few molecules involved, and their behavior is amplified. The closer you get to the ‘real’ instruments – including physical devices such as tapeheads, tape, loudspeaker cones, old echo units, analogue synths – the more molecules are involved, and the closer you get to a ‘probabilistic’ condition…”