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McLean Fahnestock

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

I am a media artist who works across modes of communication, from video and photographic images to sound, text, and display. Inspired by the institutions that specialize in the delivery of knowledge – museums, libraries, archives, and the media. I consider each of these and their roles and contrast them with heuristic experiential modes of acquiring knowledge. I mine these same locations for the materials that I utilize in my work.

My projects are concerned with exploration. It is in my blood. My Grandfather and Great Uncle sailed South Seas for the American Museum of Natural History in the late 1930’s – early 1940’s until they wrecked their ship upon the Great Barrier Reef. Using my own family legacy as a footpath I am tracing the arc of exploration from the first spark that motivates an adventure to the final resting place of the ephemera and the propagation of the mythic character.

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