Image of Revealing the Apollo Code - Mixed Media

Revealing the Apollo Code - Mixed Media


"Revealing the Apollo Code," 2015. Ren Adams.

19 x 25 1/2″
Hybrid Printmaking (woodcut,
serigraphy, image transfer, lino cut,
trace monotype) on Zerkall Ingres paper
Professionally matted with archival "Palm Beach" white mat board and backing.

Series: Alchemy of Image, 2015.

Ren Adams.

Alchemy of Image Series – Artist Statement

We live in an age of information—a socio-cultural climate that straddles the material and immaterial, our daily interactions taking place across physical and theoretical environments. Space and time collapse in the face of this digitally-driven landscape, redefined by delivery and access. As we engage this data cascade, theorist Henry Jenkins claims “[we] construct our own personal mythology from bits and fragments of information extracted from the media flow… transformed into resources through which we make sense of our everyday lives.” This pronounced hypertextuality allows for connectivity, remix and recombination previously inconceivable in visual art (and culture at large).

My primary body of work investigates the nature of emergence in the data cascade—addressing the way being materializes from non-being, matter from the void of non-matter, in relation to time-relativity and fluid perspective.

Synthesizing ideas found in physics, information theory, Eastern philosophy, archaeology, digital culture, mass media and linguistics, I embrace the interdisciplinary nature of mixed media, layering printmaking techniques with drawing, painting and digital processing. These layers address convergence, the originating space where substance takes root, generating a virtual archaeological dig where viewers uncover artifacts, moments and mysterious terrain.

The resulting alchemy of image aims for a relativity of past and present, matter and awareness: pieces become field notes for a digital, personally mythological, universe.