Though we live in an era of constant self-documentation, the images we post of ourselves online are, of course, always a little fucked-with -- whether we're taking a photo of ourselves in a mirror with our heads cocked to work our angles (hi) or working our lighting (hi) or slapping two to three filters on them (hi, hi and hi).
Brooklyn-based, Australia-born artist Ward Roberts examines this sense of self-editing (and, sometimes, self-erasure and blurring( with new show Cartography [Non-Existant Portraits], opening at L.A.'s Ten Over Six gallery on March 24th. The candy colored, James Turrell-inspired portraits of barely-there faces stems, Roberts tells PAPER, "from observing the ways in which the more people capture, edit and filter themselves, the harder they are to see."
"Each of the portraits are basically shot on film within highly constructed sets complete with color gels and specific lighting techniques, even smoke," Roberts says. "They seem heavily edited in post-production but the truth is, I'm completely fascinated by filter-culture, so I spend a lot of time making sure each subject is captured in the exact sort of environment that I want with maximum precision."
Preview Roberts; Cartography portraits above and, if you're in the Dallas area, you can catch his alluring Courts 1 photo series, currently also on display at TenOverSix in the Joule Hotel.