Fountain
S. Billie Mandle

Lots (in progress)
2010
Digital Print
In these images I photographed parking garages, digitally removing the parking lines and signs to create abstract structures. My father is a civil engineer who designs parking garages; the impetus for this project was for me to recreate his spaces. Garages organize parked vehicles, creating orderly, purposeful environments. By removing the parking lines I undo my father’s work, creating purposeless structures. I am interested in the way the spaces, without function, become unfamiliar. Suddenly patterns in the cement invite introspection, and the institutional light seems almost transcendent. In continuing to photograph these structures I investigate the relationship between environment and perception, the material and ethereal, art and engineering.
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