By Roy LaGrone

Hunter-Gathering, Alchemy, Universal-Becoming

The following body of work is from my Beta Projection Series, a suite of virtual projections and archival prints that all derive from what most citizens refer to as junk. These works are photomontage (involving intricate illusions of three-dimensional space), which derive from organic and inorganic found objects. Utilizing the advances in digital imaging processes, I attempt to prescribe visual narratives to these now-discarded artifacts.

Working together at the intersection of video, photography and electronic media; these high resolution transpositions are cross-platform forms; which explore the idea of transforming socially discarded beings, places, and objects into sacred projections. They act as metaphors that examine a paradox of our hybridity as humans. For example, I am culturally a southern African American male, yet my DNA is made up of several age-old, warring interests that descend from all the corners of the earth. The work in some ways highlights notions of 21st Century displacement – identity (finding self within affinity); and fuels my personal longing for a transformative model of diversity (ethnic, social, historical), which transcends associative limitations (boundaries, boxes, labels, etc...).

My goal for this work is to create agents for healing and renewal. I am questioning whether today's technology can be optimized in the production of holistic practices of transcendence. These uncertain times require all of humanity (equipped with our humility, as well as our respective heritage and histories) to peacefully and simply embrace the beauty of the impossible.

June 2007