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Kathy Lovas, Ten Degrees of Separation, 2007 - present
A vintage 4x5´´class photo has been repeatedly enlarged, cropped, and re-photographed several times using a variety of cameras. The final images shown here reveal the effects of digitization from a large-pixel toy video camera and projection onto the television screen. The faces are at least ten degrees of separation from the originals, yet each retains recognizable features of a unique individual. Each print is overlaid with a hand-written alphanumeric code.
Kathy Lovas, book drop, 2010
During the month of October 2010 twenty-eight plaster books (one per day) were cast, photographed, and the pictures posted on Facebook for twenty-eight days leading up to the actual installation at Mountain View College, Dallas, TX. On October 31, 2010 the books were transported to MVC and placed in random locations along the beautiful creek that runs through the campus. Each was photographed again, its location recorded, and the pictures again posted on Facebook. On December 1, 2010 eleven of the original 28 books were retrieved from
MVC. Almost 2/3 of the books had disappeared completely. Most of the remaining books had been relocated and rearranged into new mini-installations. One book had been broken and put back together like a puzzle. Only a single book was still in its original location -
on the corner of a blue picnic bench. The preview, transit, and installation photos will remain on my Facebook photo archive as an online record of the work.
Kathy Lovas, COMPANY HOUSE, 2003
Company House is about my search for the house in which my father was born. The house was owned by a paper mill, for which my grandfather worked. Objects depicted in a group of family photographs enabled me to map the property and pinpoint the exact
location where the house had been. I am interested in the fact that the photographs functioned differently for me from their original purpose of documenting family life. The materials I have used in this series are both personal and symbolic; all relate to the house and mill. Like objects in photographs, these materials provide clues for the viewer to decipher and arrive at meaning.
Kathy Lovas, police blotter, 1990
Police Blotter is an artist’s book in which I have layered my Polaroid pinhole photographs with a variety of appropriated materials – newspaper crime reports, photocopied school photos, encyclopedia texts – to pose the questions: “Who will become a criminal?” and “Who will become a victim?”