Bethany Johnson

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Surface Scanned (2011)

Ink on paper, approx. 5″x7″ each

These methodical drawings imply specificity of content and scientific accuracy; however, the process used simultaneously abstracts the imagery depicted. The images sit unsteadily between small scale texture studies and miles-wide satellite images, sound wave and deep, penetrating geological imaging.

While straddling representation and abstraction, the low-resolution dots and dashes contain a variety of historical referents and conceptual contexts, from antique engraving techniques, low-resolution computer imagery, and early printing technologies, to seismic scans and data encoding.

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