Hamiltonian, Washington DC
For its 2018 booth proposal to VOLTA art fair, Hamiltonian Gallery would like to propose a booth of photographic work by emerging artist Kyle Tata.
Photographer Kyle Tata continues his experimental use of analog photographic processes in a body of work that explores the use of abstraction as a practical tool to conceal data. Using patterns derived from security tint envelopes — physical devices used to hide sensitive personal information from the human eye — Tata visually “encrypts” individuals in patterns that are applied to film during the photographic process, thereby masking his subjects while simultaneously producing an image. Tata’s in-process photographic manipulations create images that can be read as both photographic documents of reality, and as hallucinatory abstracted constructions. This series investigates the notion that, within an increasingly immaterial culture, personal information can become as valuable as currency.
Kyle Tata (b. 1990 Baltimore, MD) holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2015). He is a 2015 Hamiltonian Fellow and a two-time finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (2014, 2017). Tata has an extensive local and regional exhibition history, including exhibitions at Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC, 2016, 2015); Area 405, Baltimore, MD (2016); Spudnik Press & Gallery, Chicago, IL (2014); Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT (2014); The International Print Center, New York, NY (2013), Furthermore Gallery, Washington, DC (2013), and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA (2013). A producer of small scale publications, his artist books are held in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), The International Center for Photography.