"The image—relegated to a flattened jpeg, absorbed into the complex meshwork of our attention deficit, screen-based media mind—how do we ingest, digest, reflect? Does the armature of the image remain? What happens if we look back—in order to reassess, to reconfigure our perspective—do we turn into pillars of salt, forever monuments made witness to the ebbing threshold of the incipient future? Or can we don the head of Janus, looking backwards and forwards simultaneously?
The current climate of image production, accumulation and dissemination has sparked my investigation into how to interact concretely and physically with the picture plane. I pivot around the photographic image, tackling it through other media, working across
photography, film, sculpture, drawing and printmaking.
I sample image technologies spanning the history of photography, predominately analog photographic processes (still and moving), in addition to various print and digital technologies. I am interested in misusing technology, or extracting my own language from within a system, dissecting the distinct phases of process and manipulating them to my own ends. Working within these processes, unique relationships and their constituent components emerge—the unit and the whole, surface and structure, repetition and permutation. I am interested in how images are recorded, translated, transformed through technology and the hand, how seemingly unquantifiable sources like light or electricity can be converted and shaped into image. I make objects that act as recording or encapsulating devices for time, light, materials and process."
Antonia Kuo, Artist Statement, 2019
Antonia Kuo (b. 1987, New York, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, film, sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking. She received an MFA from Yale University, her BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, and a one-year certificate from the School of the International Center of Photography under the Alan L. Model Grant. Antonia was awarded the Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Award as a MacDowell Colony Fellow, as well as fellowships at Mass MoCA, The Banff Centre, Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Vermont Studio Center and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Her work has exhibited internationally at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Eyebeam, Microscope Gallery, Pioneer Works, and the Knockdown Center in New York; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal; and the West Bund Art Fair in Shanghai, among others. Her work is in private collections and the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art and Centre Pompidou.