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J U N K is a custom software application developed by Gregory Little which interprets numerical datasets from any source and constructs 3D linear configurations and traditional “ball and stick” models. J U N K relies on advanced sampling methodologies, including genomic mapping, satellite imaging, remote sensing, and molecular engineering. Through these scientific techniques, the perimeters of the physical world are being quantified and catalogued as massive series of coordinates, values, and algorithms, archived on servers for public access. This process contributes to a growing sense of certainty about realities that were once beyond human quantification.
In J U N K the artist uses scientific tools and emprical data to to comment on the contemporary relationship between scientific determinism and the sublime by undermining emperical, determinist agendas that seek control and certainty. The 3d models used are the results of the best data and tools available to our culture. In J U N K, Little combines, translates and re/de-contextualizes “big data” in ways that subvert meaning; re-establishing a sublime experience of mystery, contemplation, and magnitude or the viewer. J U N K foregrounds a continuum between genes and memes, masquerades as meaningful scientific data, and enters a trajectory of contemplative, free-associative alchemic abstractions reminiscent of works by Jackson Pollock, Oskar Fischinger, and Len Lye.
J U N K is a stereographic projection employing offset images projected through polarizing filters onto a lenticular screen. Observers wear 3D glasses, allowing them to experience dramatic spatial effects. J U N K has been exhibited at the Fisher Hall Gallery at Oberlin College, and as part of the group exhibition "DNA: Do Not Assume," Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University. A second iteration of J U N K is under development.