A+D Museum : Digital Gallery                                                                              

Digital(1), Digital(2), Interior, Mental, Personal(1), Personal(2), Private, Public(1), Public(2) (from first to last), 2020
— Tim Reynolds of Evens Architects | KAA Design Group

Photographers: Ylanite Koppens, Dina Nasyrova, Madison Inouye, Nika Akin, Scott Webb, Rie Sadohara

How do we talk about the future of space? We decided to use portraits of cacti as a metaphor for all of the changes in society. We are describing the future of space in a series of nine photos inspired by Andy Warhol. We feel separate when we’re in public spaces by wearing masks and gloves. In private, we wear pajama pants paired with a button-down shirt. How are we going to be creating future space? Keeping each other apart via social distancing or keeping close on the internet, digitally. Digital space is becoming closer than ever. We’re reflecting these ideas through our portraits of Cacti. Each cactus is shown either spread apart or close together in an intimate, focal vision. Some are reaching out, similar to how cacti reach out for the sun. We are reaching out for new ideas, new ways to better ourselves mentally.

We were inspired by Andy Warhol and his pop art impressionism. We adapted his broad range of colors, so we can better represent our broad range of emotions during this time. The definition in the photos come out by using the final black and white portrait. Otherwise, everything used painterly brush strokes that don’t mind going over the edges, or going outside the lines, for a painterly effect. We are using positives, not negatives, to bring out the layers of the contrasting stencils. We are using the same process that Andy Warhol used in his screen printing, but we are making it digitally. By adapting this new idea of digital normalcy, we are able to use layers in photoshop as digital stencils.

We’re excited about the future of space. Through these metaphors we look at the future of space in a different lens now that so much has changed. We have to adapt to this new way of living. There are negatives, but with all negatives, come a positive breakthrough. Problems are opportunities to be better. The portraits of cacti reflect our ideas about the future of space, adaptation, and growth.