For his new series, “16:9,” Chris Komater has produced a body of very low-resolution photographs, 16 pixels wide by 9 pixels high. Almost visually indecipherable, the imagery suggests forms but the viewer completes the work by imbuing it with intent, definition, and meaning. Inspired by today’s polarized views of reality, he has created photos that may be interpreted any way the viewer chooses.
Komater offers no pedantic or manipulative messages, no attempt to guide…nothing about his desires, anxieties, or trying to articulate something of his private experience through a universal visual language. In the post-Trump world, Komater has discovered that he cannot change what is already in someone’s head, but maybe he can prompt some discussion about what is being seen and why.
Accompanying the exhibition is a hardcover catalog (11.69 x 8.27 inches) featuring 24 full-color images of the entire 16:9 series, available for $37 online by following this link.
Chris Komater is a San Francisco-based artist. His photographs and sound installations have been shown at Cheryl Haines Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Arts, Meridian Gallery, and the LAB Gallery in San Francisco; Jan Kesner Gallery in Los Angeles; Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston, and many other venues. He is the recipient of a WESTAF-NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship and a Market Street Art-in-Transit grant and was the founding director and curator of Secession Gallery, a non-profit gallery without walls in San Francisco, and the online arts venue, Marjorie Wood Gallery. This is Chris’ ninth solo show at Mercury 20 Gallery.