Crystal Visions

Crystal Visions, 2008—2012

In 2008, I began a body of work that was a departure from my previous family-centric political multimedia installations and instead focuses on the basic processes and principles of analog photography. “Crystal Visions” uses photography to invent new modes of divination while reconnecting the medium to its past relationship with mysticism and modernist experimentation. By combining the use of traditional means of crystal-based divination with color analog photographic paper, I produce color photograms that create a visual tool from which one may derive meaning. While simultaneously focusing on the principle elements of photography, these photograms question the function of a historical modernist aesthetic in contemporary art.

Tetrahedron, 201230 x 30 inches, c-print photogram

Tetrahedron, 2012
20 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print from a c-print photogram

Means Without End, 2009 detail from the installation 24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

Central Light (No. 1), 2009
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

Means Without End, 2009 detail from the installation 24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram on aluminum

Central Light (No. 2), 2009
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

Means Without End, 2009 detail from the installation 24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram on aluminum

Central Light (No. 3), 2009
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

Means Without End, 2009 detail from the installation 24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram on aluminum

Central Light (No. 4), 2009
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

05.10.08, 2008
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

11.24.78, 2008
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

06.15.05, 2008
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

09.21.08, 2008
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

11.17.08, 2008
24 x 20 inches, c-print photogram

Shannon Benine