Kevin is an artist, writer, curator and student living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He works primarily with digital media, photography, and sculpture. In addition to numerous independently curated exhibits, he recently served as the assistant director of the Harbor Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and guest curator at the Jamaica Plain Art Market in 2011. He was born and raised in Connecticut, and has lived in Boston since the Fall of 2008. In addition to his art practice, he is currently doing research and writing about the variegated discourses between glitch art and culture - especially regarding the issues of mapping and the internet, gender, communication, and expression. His research and writing parallel and often inform his artwork.
Today the average American is affected by frequent encounters with digital media. Most media formats like jpeg, mp3, and .mov are container files, although they are largely invisible to us. We don’t often refer to our mp3 collections, but rather we think of them as our music collections, and the mp3 object becomes transparent – an invisible container of the media within. My work uses the glitch to abstract the data and produce a new image. The viewer must realize that they are not looking at the subject of the image, or even the picture, but that they are looking at the data itself. The glitch eliminates media transparency. The process used to make these images is one of incorrect editing. Rather than editing digital photos in a conventional image editor, like photoshop, they have been altered with text editors and hex editors (a program that allows the user to directly edit the code of the image in hex - an alternative but equivalent form to the file’s binary code), in sound editors, or another program which was not intended for image editing. Because one program will often render glitches quite differently than another, and also differently across file formats, outcomes are generally unpredictable. Each image is a unique individual which demands engagement and learning to understand how it will respond to the process.