Garrett Pruter (b. 1987) is an American artist living and working in London.
Pruter is renowned for his mosaic-style manipulations of found photographs that alter the meanings of historically and culturally important images; his work revolves around themes of memory and loss and the genesis of a photo being created and decay through its lifespan.
He works within the living archive of images that we collectively create and discard, accumulating media from eBay, YouTube, and flea markets to gather an entourage of pictures that shift, mutate, and deteriorate through touch and time.
Pruter has created a series of abstract canvases by using multiple reprinted inkjet prints of the same found image as his starting point. For each work the artist prints off hundreds of versions of the chosen image and then, using only water as a solvent, proceeds to soften the printed ink until it makes gelatinous paste that can then be scraped off the paper and applied to the canvas. The final color and consistency of the canvas is determined by the ‘average’ color of the chosen image.
Silver grains, scratches, smudges, and pixels—a constellation of mnemonic traces is embedded in the photographic image. Through a practice of painting, photography, video, sound, and sculpture he exhumes traces of consciousness and desire lying dormant beneath the image’s glossy surface.
Garrett Pruter’s duo show with Nicole Coson at Brigade will be his first exhibition in Scandinavia.
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