Cody Anderson

Portrait of a moving target

Portrait of a moving target (idiom)

: An attempt to represent a continuously changing situation.

// The anchorwoman gasped and fumbled, unable to describe the scene unfolding before her; she was trying to paint a portrait of a moving target.

: An inherently flawed assessment, limited by incompatible means and end.

// The contractor had forgotten his tape measure and was now measuring the wall using only his wingspan, “It’s a portrait of a moving target” he said with a shrug.

The idiom describes a series of artworks attempting to represent the present. The exhibition sets out to locate the present as not just a liminal moment, but also our historical, geographical, and cultural time today. Using contemporary subjects and themes, each work is constructed as a model that imagines or conceptualizes the present. The work pulls from historical examples of documentary art forms to create a set of open-ended documents—not a record, but a recording. An open-ended document is less definitive, operating as an observation without dividing the categories of complete or incomplete, fact or fiction, static or in-motion. Ironically poking fun at itself, the attempt to record a never-ending subject points to documents and archives as being redundant, cumbersome, and likely to change tomorrow. Together, the various works operate as a concocted positioning system, pinpointing the here and now with a dull carpenter’s pencil.

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Portrait of a Moving Target Installation View
Portrait of a Moving Target Installation View
Portrait of Moving Target 1 (A Concrete Casting Tube) (detail) ~ facing Diamond Head – Rust and dirt on prepared polyester, 2020
Portrait of Moving Target 1 (A Concrete Casting Tube) (detail) ~ facing Ewa – Rust and dirt on prepared polyester, 2020
Portrait of Moving Target 2 (A Dog Chasing its own Tail) (gif version) – Looping charcoal drawing animation, 2020
Portrait of Moving Target 3 (Books from the Future) – pedestrian view – Mixed Media, 2020
Portrait of Moving Target 3 (Books from the Future) – bookshelf detail – Mixed Media, 2020
Portrait of Moving Target 3 (Books from the Future) – binocular view – Mixed media, 2020
Portrait of a Moving Target 4 (A Hole in the Earth) – Colored pencil and acrylic on paper, dirt, wood, and hardware, 2020
Portrait of a Moving Target 5 (Photographs of Elk Mountain) – Active Internet webcam, LCD screen, frame, 2020. Link to live webcam page (scroll to bottom)

 

 

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