Miranda Lichtenstein is an American artist
In this conversation, Miranda and I had an animated conversation about her work through the lens of Recorder, but also her other bodies of work. We dig into her background and how her work has matured over time. Miranda’s beginnings in photography are much more traditional than the new work would suggest. We speak about the steps Miranda has taken to get to this point. It is quite a fascinating journey to hear about.
With Recorder, a number of important ecological concerns come to light as well as Lichtenstein’s gradual embrace of photographic abstraction. The images that are in the book are at first complicated to understand. What begins as a body of work about abstract photographic imagery gradually informs the viewers of the source material that makes up the images-namely portions of plastic culled from work made in collaboration with artist J. Stoner Blackwell. The material is scanned and manipulated, printed, and re-scanned until the abstraction becomes hard to read as plastic.
One thing I noticed going through the work is the push and pull of focus in lines that hold the finished frame. Due to the scanning and processing and re-scanning, a depth ensues in the images that are hard to explain. They begin to feel like strange science fiction architecture. I find the work fascinating and full of depth. Please pick up the book from Loose Joints and listen in. The conversation is wide and illuminating.