Stephen Langlois

 

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Artist statement:

I’m fascinated by the seeming mundanity of everyday forms and documents–and the ability to subvert their intended purpose by changing their language while retaining the general ordinariness of their framework. It’s a tactic we often see employed by parody and satire, though in conceiving DEED OF ELECTROCHEMICAL TRANSFER I wanted to see if/how I could take this one step further. Biochemistry is another area of fascination for me–particularly as someone being treated for clinical depression–and it seemed an interesting experiment to take an utterly banal-looking document and within it trace the minute, almost otherworldly inner workings of the nervous system. That those brief electrochemical signals passing between our synapses seem to be responsible for so much of what we think and feel as humans is both discomforting and absurd to me. With DEED OF ELECTROCHEMICAL TRANSFER I hope to highlight this discomfort and absurdity–and heighten it even further by creating what can never actually be: A document explaining–often over-explaining–that which is so often truly inexplicable.

 

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