Lorie Novak’s Projected Vision

Lorie Novak’s Projected Vision

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All this talk of projectors has made me think of, um… projecting. And not in the psychological sense, although I do plenty of that. The slide projector has really been an incredible tool since it came on the scene, and someone who has used it well consistently is artist Lorie Novak.

I started to make projection work when I was in grad school, and people always thought it was derivative of Novak’s work, which I had never even seen. Funny how that happens. Here are images from two sets of her work; these up top are from Out of Darkness: Projections on the Night Landscape, 1987-1991.

I believe most of these exposures were several hours long.

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Black Spring,
1990

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1991

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Family,
1990

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Midnight Swim,
1990

(night swimming!)

These below are from Novak’s project: Interior Photographs, 1983-1998.

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The Barbeque, 1983

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My Mother,
1984

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Uncle Sam,
1983

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Mirror Image,
1983

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Fade Out,
1990

Here are two of mine. I had to dig through the vault to find these. Both are circa 2001, I believe. I sometimes projected images into my bedroom, and also just used the powerful light of the projector to make images in the dark. In the second one, which was a several minute exposure, I danced back and forth over the bed. I was wearing something glittery and gold, hence the trail. Also I seem to have liked flamingos.

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You guys know what I’m going to say next: Send me images using projections!

I’m so predictable.

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