JOHN DI STEFANO
Silver gelatin print mounted on aluminum (unique photograms). Series of 7 unique prints. 1380 mm X 1070 mm X 30mm (each)
REGISTER is a photographic project consisting of a series of large-scale photograms which explore the materiality of analogue photography and its relation to notions of visual and bodily perception. Each photogram is a unique, handmade photographic print painstakingly composed by the artist.
. Register is a series of unique, large-scale indexical photograms in which grid pattern matrices are overlaid. The photograms are constructed by overlaying various perforated grid-screens of varying sizes placed directly onto photosensitive paper and then exposed to light so that a direct, indexical trace of the object is imprinted onto the photo paper. The fusion of these grid matrices creates misalignments, or moirés - unwanted residue of photomechanical and print imagery, when pixelation or banding misregisters. The moiré phenomenon embodies the schism between what is described and what is ultimately experienced. This translation, a type of ‘aliasing’, implies deception or even corruption, something that stands in apparent contraction to the veracity of the photographic image, and consequently suggests that there is more to an image when it ‘fails’. Each print's unique abstract and random composition stresses the indexical nature of analogue photographic materials and processes. In addition to being clearly composed and constructed images, made up of discernable elements, the photograms also manage to evoke and conjure up abstract spaces and imagery. REGISTER negotiates the fine line between the abstract and the figurative, as it seeks to engage with materiality and perception of light.
REGISTER is part of the LUX PROJECT, a series of ‘cameraless photographic’ explorations that challenge the veracity of the photographic image. Relying on the indexical characteristics of photographic analogue processes, these works attempts to create images that remain faithful to the indexical and ‘documentary’ qualities of the photographic, and simultaneously create images that verge on abstraction. These works seek to engage the relationship between the materiality of analogue photography and perceptions of light as an expression of time.
SCA Galleries (Sydney)
Folonomo Gallery (Sydney)
Installation view: SCA Galleries (Sydney, Australia)
REGISTER II and REGISTER III 
Register III 
Register III - detail