Jaclyn Shoub works with large photographs, removing information in a process of distillation. They are highly painterly as the removal of much of the photograph is done with a brush and solvent: one knows one is looking at a photograph, but so much content is leached from the surface that these landscapes become magical. Shoub removes everything about the landscape except for the marks of human occupation which appear small and fragile.
For On Site 23: small things, we have been sent a narrative, a short story written in notes, as the beginning of an architectural process. This narrative, which you will read when 23 is published in May, also has a delicacy – it describes the process of removing a building from public perception, so that the architecture is everything but the building.
Both these two works are the opposite of abstraction, where one thinks of an essence and then displays that essence. These start with the large and complex environment, urban or rural, and remove everything but a thin line of meaning. What we are looking at is almost incidental to the fullness of life and world but, incidental or not, is extremely important to us.