jon malis

Base Landscapes

Taking initial cues from both the relatively obsolete tradition of slide projection and the current prevalence of digital projection devices, Base Landscapes is a series of photographs that document and interpret the surfaces of old, used projection screens.

By removing all traces of the screens’ former function (displaying projected content) I am able to highlight the surface texture that is unique to each individual screen. These variations in texture are the result of years of use or neglect, accumulated dirt, stains, folds, mold, and other deterioration. In the resulting photos, the surfaces are transformed into zen-like landscapes of distorted lines, shapes, shadows, and textures.

Physically, the prints are presented at a 1:1 scale correlation to their original analogues, preserving the relationship between size and scale of the viewer’s interaction with the content and its mediating factors.

Installation photos by Joseph Hu.


Base Landscapes Installation View: Base Landscapes, 2015
Base Landscapes Installation View: Base Landscapes, 2015
Base Landscapes Installation View: Base Landscapes, 2015
Base Landscapes Kodascope Screen No. 0 (34" x 26.5", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes Radiant (unknown model) (42" x 44", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes Singer Portable (front projection) (43" x 38", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes Singer Portable (rear projection) (43" x 38", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes DaLite Flyer (42" x 43", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes DaLite Silver Flyer (42" x 43", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes K-mart Focal (42" x 43", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes Projection Screen for Bell & Howell Complete Movie Outfit (44" x 35", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes Knox Mark IV (44" x 42", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes Kodak Brownie Projection Screen (33" x 26", digital inkjet print on Dibond)
Base Landscapes Adams (unknown model) (30" x 22.75", digital inkjet print on Dibond)