The work in Window Smokers reflects imagery of a cultivated, synthetic, and manipulated nature. With the myth of an untainted landscape in sight, Haug and Dierdorff search for an interface between nature and representation where the unenclosed can be depicted in its disappearance. Utilizing photography, video, and sculpture they investigate the rift between the real and representation, nature and culture, the viewer and the viewed.
“We investigate how the inescapable lens of culture has altered our perceptions. We are drawn to chance processes such as dyed ice melting on paper to generate unnatural approximations of lost glaciers and burning ozone. Images approaching the natural can be found on the inside of an empty scanner being lifted and tilted as it scans, producing a record of its insides in momentary breakdown which is closer to nature in its chaos and beauty than anything technological. Nature becomes an artifact, rising from the sunken depths of history to the undulating surface of the present.”
Jared Haug is a co-director of Ditch Projects in Springfield, OR, and received his MFA from the University of OR in 2010. Past shows include Rocksbox in Portland, Human Resources in Los Angeles, and Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT.
Brooks Dierdorff has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally at galleries that include the Ulrike Hamm gallery in Bissendorf, Germany, the Salander O’Rielly gallery in New York, Punch Gallery in Seattle, and Disjecta in Portland. Brooks is a co-director of Ditch Projects and received his BA from UC San Diego in 2007 and his MFA from the University of Oregon in 2012.