Infrastructure Multiplied | Photo Installation
UC, Berkeley | Installed in Wurster Hall Lobby | with advisers René Davids and Raveevarn Choksombatchai | Spring 2012
The triptych installation includes 3, 12-layer transparent photo panels that illustrate the depth, layering and complicated image of Los Angeles’s industrial infrastructures. Suspended with ultra-fine acrylic line, each panel exhibits a different layering scheme to depict the individual qualities of the subjects.
The first panel depicts the mass of the Chevron Oil Refinery in the rightly nicknamed “Diesel Death Zone” in Carson, California. By layering multiple images of the same building, a sense of the buildings mass and weight is apparent. It appears as as if there is a 3-dimensional model of the building.
In the second panel, I depict the scale of the Los Angeles River channel near Downtown Los Angeles, California. The layered images zoom from a far out perspective of the river in to reveal a homeless man bathing in the river. The massive scale of this infrastructure is difficult to depict with just one image, so by zooming in with layers, the human-scale relationship is more easily illustrated.
Finally, in the third panel, I attempt to depict the tangled mess of power lines that criss-cross through most Los Angeles neighborhoods. By layering differing images of the power lines, the result is an incoherent network of structure and power line.