My Work as Intervention in Photography and Underdetermination of Interpretation

I photograph all my paintings; indeed, whether or not my works are photographs, the things that you, my readers, actually see are photographs.  There is a certain explanatory context to each work, and each work displays its own intellectual and narrative history.  Moreover, as an aesthetic or, literally, philosophical matter, each work, by itself, invites an N-tuple set of interpretations and is consistent with that same set of N-tuple meanings.

This is true for each piece of work, whether that work is a painting, sedated in my studio, or whether it is the photograph that you see.  Each move, work to photographed work, increases the set of interpretations that are consistent with the work, and perhaps increases the degrees of confidence of correlation between what I want to say and what you might be thinking, since I leave no obvious distinction in the work between a drawing, painting and photograph: even though, again, what you see is a photograph, the photograph itself incorporates the signs of a drawing and the marks of a painting and its ground.  Nevertheless, at least one of those interpretation that my work fosters is likely to be inconsistent with another plausibly interpretation, though both interpretations are consistent with the work that you see before you.

Note then that to my mind, each work is completed when I print out the work that you see and further manipulate by my own hand both the ground and the surface of the work that you see. I will intervene into the surface of the work and change, often quite drastically, the work that to you seems static.  I have overseen the move and think that these photographs underdetermine the interpretations my works and do not encapsulate other, perhaps more final, interpretations, for truly these works that you see are not my completed works, though they seem to float before you on YOUR ground, your computer screen as works of a certain kind.

~ by Faheem Haider on December 15, 2009.

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