|Alan S Hopkins||
Folding Shirts, Sorting Socks
2009, 36 X 59 inches
Mixed Mediums (digital photographs, note cards, text, corkboard)
Folding Shirts, Sorting Socks is a work that resulted from a self-imposed assignment to document my local Laundromat. At the time of its creation I was taking a class in Photoshop at the San Francisco Art Institute and creating Folding Shirts, Sorting Socks gave me an opportunity to digitally manipulate images.
I am very interested in visual perception and how malleable perception truly is. The work of Josef Albers in the Interaction of Color and his painting Homage to the Square has greatly influenced much of my work. During the same period I was creating Folding Shirts, Sorting Socks I was working on a series of pieces that involved paint chip samples with holes punched into them. I was using the paint color names to drive a narrative in each piece and thus creating random color juxtapositions. I like to think of these pieces as a collaboration with the influences of Albers and John Cage.
In Folding Shirts, Sorting Socks the washers and driers are arranged in a panorama of the way they appear in the Laundromat, however they are not truly as they appear. All the circular doors of the machines appear to be all of the same size, but in reality the washers and driers were different sizes. There are slight color changes in each machine and the reflections are all different. The lighting in the Laundromat was extremely varied; I used Photoshop to make the coloration between machines appear similar.
I made many trips to the Laundromat to get images suitable to use in the piece; at some point I remembered the old man. The text, which is mostly fact, more or less just came to me. The text relates to hearing the same story over and over, with each telling it was slightly different, as each washing machine is slightly different. Only with careful observation can the differences be perceived.