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Sketchbook Porn

Sketchbook Porn: Dakota Gearhart

Dakota Gearhart‘s recent work includes:

—a walkway canopied with “taxidermied rainbows”

—a garden of wooden planks rooted in dresser drawers filled with moist concrete (said concrete assiduously watered with pungent vanilla extract)

—a fantastical cocktail bar/feeding trough/planetarium constructed from Ikea furniture and “lifestyle products” including frozen fruit, coconut water and Red Bull. This edible vanitas, installed in a gallery, was left to melt over the course of three weeks, dripping and oozing all over itself while planetary projections spangled the fermenting energy drinks and rotten fruit.

Gearhart is a wiz at making such alchemical amalgamations, drenching the organic and elemental with prismatic projections, ever turning the blasé of the white cube into an immersive wonderland that casts a spell while forcing viewers to contemplate the natural world and our interaction with it.

“I use digital photo and video sketching as a way to look at color and flatness so that I can begin to imagine what the materials, shapes and ideas could be in physical space,” Gearhart says. “I come from photography, so my practice of sculpture, projection and installation really begin as images I construct in Photoshop or take with a camera then deconstruct with post-processes. I’m really into working through them fast, but looking at them in numerous ways—as animations, as photographic prints, as environments to experience. I love the idea of ‘undoing’ with digital sketching, along with the possibility of creating so many versions. For me it mirrors what isn’t possible in everyday life—but what is possible in fantasy and dreams.”

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