In the 11:11 series, I explore the nexus of technology, chance and autobiography.
Since childhood my grandmother encouraged me to keep an eye out for 11:11, and when I find it, catch it like a firefly, taking a moment to appreciate the magic and numerological beauty of all those repeating ones.
In the iPhone era, catching the ones started happening much more frequently, and I began capturing the moments with a screenshot. A series of rules soon emerged—No cheating, change the screensaver after each successful catch, use current images from my camera roll to turn the work into a kind of visual diary, and then save all these branded images in a digital album.
When the time comes to print and exhibit the work, I will first make inkjet prints on my home Canon printer. Each image will be signed and available in an edition of 11. Prices will begin at $111.11 each and increase in increments of $11 as each additional image from the edition is sold.
Then, working with Vistaprint, the online digital printing company, I will create open edition postcards of selected 11:11 moments. As a way of acknowledging (really, celebrating) the all-digital nature of the journey, the Vistaprint images will be screenshots of the printer’s proof of the original screenshot of my iphone, including a hand holding the not-yet-printed card to convey a sense of scale. They will be stacked on the floor or on shelves below the framed editions, and free for viewers to take. Felix Gonzalez Torres certainly inspired this gesture and I dedicate the 11:11 series to him.