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Marcus DeSieno

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Marcus DeSieno, A Photograph of the Planet Saturn Eaten by Bacteria Found on an
Adulterer's Engagement Ring
, 2015

Artist Statement
By projecting slides of old family photographs onto my home, I am creating a connection "Cosmos" is a series that explores the immense scale of the universe as the microscopic and macrocosmic coalesce. Invisible microscopic bacteria are grown onto photographic film of appropriated images from the far reaches of outer space. The bacteria interact with the film as they grow and multiply, altering it, stripping away color layers, and slowly disintegrating the archaic media into an unpredictable abstraction of color and texture. One end of this cosmic spectrum devours the other. The real devours photographic representation. The nature of photography itself is called into question as the bacteria eats away the image into material abstraction, demolishing the pictorial, and freeing the photo- object from the burden of depiction. The conventional use of the photographic film is subverted and manipulated by the unforeseeable forces of nature as the work ultimately interrogates the material possibilities of photography.

Artist Bio
Marcus DeSieno is a lens-based artist from Tampa, Florida whose work is concerned with science and exploration in relation to the history of photography. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida in 2015. DeSieno often assumes the role of the amateur scientist in his work in order to investigate photography's historic relationship with science in regards to the notion of the invisible. Antiquated and obsolescent photographic processes are often combined with contemporary imaging technologies to engage in a critical dialog on the evolution of photographic technology in relation to seeing.

DeSieno's work has been exhibited nationally at The Center for Fine Art Photography, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, The Light Factory, Rayko Photo Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and various other galleries and museums. His work has also been featured in a variety of publications including FeatureShoot, GUP Magazine, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, National Geographic's Proof, PDN, Slate, Smithsonian Magazine, and Wired. He was a selected participant for Review Santa Fe in 2015. 







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