Chris Doyle | Waste_Generation. Moving Image Istanbul. Turkey
Catharine Clark Gallery is pleased to announce our inaugural exhibit at Moving Image Istanbul art fair with a video installation by Chris Doyle. Waste_Generation (2011), was selected for inclusion among a diverse display of single-channel videos, projections, and video sculptures by artists from around the world.
Doyle’s video is both a mesmerizing metamorphosis of form and color, as well as a meditation on contemporary collapse. Long inspired by Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire series (1833-36), Waste _Generation is the second piece in a larger project in which Doyle reinterprets Cole’s paintings into modern-era tales of ecological degradation and renewal. Waste_Generation is based on Desolation, the final picture of a civilization in ruins which concludes Cole’s masterwork. While Cole romanticized the agrarian landscape at the dawn of industrial revolution, Doyle in turn comments on the late 20th century industrial landscape during the emergence of digital culture. The video focuses on the relationship between nature and our cultural conceptions of nature as expressed in painting, architecture, and currency design. Falling trees transform themselves into bleak factory silhouettes spewing technicolor clouds. Computers, oil drills and other obsolete tools filling a dump site dissolve into a smokestack choking the skies with dollar bills. The film concludes with a shifting kaleidoscope of beautiful, abstract shapes that slowly pixilate into a very real reminder that waste cannot be ignored. In Doyle’s words, “First I wanted to explore the way ornament has been used throughout history, and across civilizations, as a cultural representation of nature. Secondly, while the generation of waste is basically destructive, it serves a tremendous creative urge that is ultimately, and gloriously the essence of being human.” The video holds in tension the notion of man’s drive to create and the corollary production of waste that accompanies the creative act. Joe Arcidiacono, Doyle’s longtime collaborator, composed the somber and plaintive soundscape accompanying the video.