Garrett Pruter, from Mixed Signals
Using discarded photos from junk stores, estate sales, and old magazines, Pruter enlarges found images and then slices and reassembles the fragments to create new imagery that blurs the line between what is real and what is imagined.
These altered images fuse together various people, places, and periods of time to engage viewers in a dialogue that connects past and present. Through the physical alteration of found photographs, the passage of time is distilled and abstracted into geometric compositions of light, color, and void. With context stripped and reconfigured, an alternative universe emerges where multiple perspectives collide and fact becomes diluted in ambiguity.
For this new body of work, Pruter introduces his recent exploration of multimedia. Drawing on the walls with fractured reflections, the projector and mirror installation continues with the same visual language used in his works on paper. The multimedia installation contains found 35mm slides that are projected onto curved mirror tiles, fragmenting the images into myriad pieces and creating complex compositions out of intimate travel photographs and family portraits.
Originally from California, Garrett Pruter currently lives and works in New York City.