Darien Arikoski-Johnson: Modifications
Darien Arikoski-Johnson’s 2D and 3D works were fantastic compositions, appealing to each viewer’s individual memories and associations. Cutting, splicing, and deconstructing everyday images and experiences, a practice made possible by technology, Arikoski-Johnson reconstructed the resulting pieces to his own interpretation, and asked that each viewer be open to their own. His work “represents the current entanglement of human cognition and digital processing.” He noted, “The recent proliferation of the camera-phone enables us to record spontaneously. Experience is interrupted to capture and store moments. The recordings are used for recollection; however, over time our reliance on the two-dimensional image to replace perceptual experience flattens and fragments the memory.” By dissecting and altering these fragments, Arikoski-Johnson’s work raised awareness of a continually altered state of visual consciousness, while referencing a shift in contemporary experience relating to the cognitive processing of sight.
Darien Arikoski-Johnson website: www.darienjohnson.com