Clement Valla is a New York based artist whose work focuses on contemporary picture-producing apparatuses, and how they transform representation and ways of seeing.
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The Universal Texture Recreated (46°42’3.50″N, 120°26’28.59″W)
Webcam, wooden table, brick, trestle, inkjet on canvas
2014, XPO Gallery, Paris France
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The Universal Texture Recreated transforms a flat satellite photograph into a 3D dimensional image, reconstructing images from Google Earth using the low-tech medium of domestic furniture. A webcam puts the image back online, cropping the image so that it is indistinguishable from Valla’s previous series Postcards from Google Earth. These are based on images captured from the screen while traveling through the Google Earth interface. This collection of pictures emphasizes edge conditions, the result of an automated process that fuses aerial photographs and cartographic data. As the source imagery is culled from different periods and vantage points, anomalies in wrapping the 3-D projection model appear.

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