Location Volume Two
Adam Caillier and Michael Mott
For its second volume, Location books features a collaborative experiment between artists Adam Caillier and Michael Mott, two “perfect strangers with complimentary abilities and a malleable set of expectations” who employ a film camera as an extended-space-scanner to compose a cryptic series of abstract photographs specifically catered to serial pages.
After finding common ground and setting arbitrary limits, the artists agreed upon a shared goal: “to produce ‘book pages.’” The result of this back-and-forth is a series of 2700 individual pages, turning each book in the Location edition of one hundred into a one-of-a-kind work of art. Caillier (with a background in photography) and Mott (a conceptual artist who often works with painting, collage and sculpture) subtly explore the nature of the "staged" photograph. The book represents a personal photographic vocabulary wherein the artists fabricate three-dimensional abstract collages from a variety of representational materials--such as backdrop paper, old xerox cards and used Daguerreotype plates.
Ultimately, the artists were focused less on the photograph and more on the idea of the page. As stated by the artists: “the pages we produced continually play simple tricks with objects and images in space and on surfaces. We tried, in the end, to make a unified two-person book, to find and keep pace with each other, and to finish each decision simply before we started again, and again.”
Born in Wyoming, Adam Caillier graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2010 with an MFA in Visual Studies in Photography. In 2009 he collaborated with artist Bruce Tapola for the exhibition Against Geometry Pt. 2 at Occasional Art in Saint Paul. Caillier’s work is currently on display through October 2010 in the exhibition Ordinarily Here at the Weisman Art Museum.
Michael Mott was born and raised. His work has been shown at Art of This Gallery in collaboration with Justin Schlepp in 2009 and at They Won’t Find Us Here Gallery in 2010. He will also be published by Hot Off The in August 2010, hosted by the Soap Factory. He was, and will forever remain, artistic co-director of Seltzer Art Space.
Location Volume Two