48 Nowheres is a series of outputs from the 3D environments
that were created for World of Awe to describe the Sunset/Sunrise,
which is the desert terrain the traveler passes through.
These landscape renderings capture, at a distance, an emotion
similar to a memory, yet on closer inspection reveal their
digital composition. This is apparent especially by the
horizon line where terrain meets sky and around the shadows
defined by the wireframe that construct the 3D environments.
Each Nowhere is a tribute to magnificent loneliness in slightly
different tempers, seeking quiet but intense dramas.
What is the Sunset/Sunrise? The traveler describes a desert
landscape that is in a constant sunset or sunrise. As if
time stopped right at that short transitional periodat
a fleeting moment of high dramatic impact. Curiously, the
traveler signs the letters to the absent lover in the following
Your sunset/sunrise forever yours,
Yours forever yours."
This signature suggests a blurring of identity between
self, place and time. Perhaps the result of extreme solitude.
The last seven renderings are in grayscale. They reference
the tradition of landscape photography and the romantic
qualities of the monochromatic representation. Again, at
first glance they appear natural but on closer inspection
they reveal their pixeled data.
Going against the grain of the digital medium, which encourages
multiple copies, these images are produced as one-of-a-kind
digital prints superimposed by a drawing of tracking data
left by visitors to the traveler's journal. Terrain7_6
is on view at the Whitney Museum during the 2002