Tim Reynolds
of Evens Architects
and KAA Design Group

Digital(1,2), Interior, Mental, Personal(1,2), Private, Public(1,2)

March 2020

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.

Gears of Progress

March 2021

In distressful isolation, shielded by our masks and gloves, we conceal our pajama pants with an ironed button down shirt, cheating our way through the new normal. How do we tap into the unpredictable future of spatial distancing? The portraits of cacti— a series of nine photographs inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art impressionism— metaphorically represent all the abrupt changes throughout society. The cacti depict people either spread apart or enclosed in an intimate, focal vision, like a contrast of people’s worlds in and out of their homes. My images adapted Warhol’s screen printing process to our new digital normalcy, utilizing layers and photoshop instead of stencils. The broad range of colors symbolize the variation of emotions one may undergo in this time period. The definition in the photos come out by using the final photo positives, as opposed to negatives. Otherwise, everything was applied with painterly brush strokes that don’t object to going outside the lines. This altering world paints a new lens for the future of humanity and the physical space between each other. All negativity brings forth positive growth: an opportunity to adapt into our new way of living.

Through tooth-and-nail, twelve months has culminated in a new normal. The videos individually depict the growing spatial distance between people. Unified and rotating like spinning gears, they are analogous to the bonds we have built to support one another during isolation. While still maintaining social distancing, it is crucial now more than ever that we work together in the fight against Covid-19. We remain separated, but like gears churning on an assembly line, we must continue to work together to move forward.

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