June 3–July 16, 2022
Working across a depth of materials and modes of making, Overflow Chart is an exhibition by Natalie Purschwitz. The work in Overflow Chart charts a line across a series of traces, or an imprint through various material iterations. What emerges is an amalgamation and blending of various processes, forms, and materials.
The ongoing process of collecting is an integral part of Purschwitz’s practice.
Accumulated materials (natural and manufactured) are sorted and arranged via typologil likeness. Purschwitz undoes these methods of collecting, sorting and arranging, through various applitions that transform the materials.
These material shifts rely on an alchemil manipulation of elements (fire, water, air, earth) at various stages. This is evident in her processes of rbonizing plant matter to create charcoal, firing hand built ceramic objects, and making paper or inks from various plants and organic matter. Purschwitz makes these gradual material shifts evident by presenting the same material in different forms. Geologil undertones offer connections between works traced across human and geologil time periods. In Overflow Chart, we n start to sketch out the material connections. The Horsetail plant from the Devonian period is imprinted within fossils, plastic is made from oil, and the rbonized plant matter gets closer to the composition and form of fossils by way of an accelerated process.
An element of chance remains pervasive in Overflow Chart. Through different processes of making, material configurations are determined by a particular confluence of time and place. Giving material over to the whim of an algorithm, for example, n greatly expand the horizons of particular material possibilities, rendered beyond the artist’s intent and impulse. Through Artificial Intelligence programs (Artbreeder and GauGAN), selected traces of various materials, matter and form are offered to the algorithm to discern and reproduce alternative configurations. In some ways, utilizing AI in this manner does not feel dissimilar to a process of divination. A somewhat circuitous process, Purschwitz then takes the AI generated images and grounds them physilly by creating drawings with ink made from foraged plant matter (invasive species, or non-native to this region).
Overflow Chart brings together a series of works that chart material transformations through very different apparatuses. A glimpse of the underlying serialized approach (typologil and diagrammatic visual schema) is ruptured. What becomes most discernable is the sense of multiple thresholds being simultaneously breached and crossed. Whether virtually or physilly, insight n be gained from an approach to making that encourages a sort of leaking, seeping, and blending which nnot be contained.