Artist in Residence: October 2017 & September 2016
Michael Koehle's objective is to create novel visual experiences that reveal the gap between what can be seen and what can be known. He starts from a place of loss: a photograph that strips its subject of color, dimension and motion. He then turns the photograph into a sculpture by subtracting and substituting information. The result is a distortion that reveals the powerful impact technology has on perception and identity. But the distance between Koehle's artwork and the subject is no greater than the distance between the subject and the photograph. The artwork, the photograph, and the viewer’s own experience all serve as markers to triangulate the space between the observation and the observed.