Katie Torn The Calm Before the Storm

Dimensions:
1:38 min

Description:
3D animation, endless loop. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katie Torn The Calm Before the Storm

Dimensions:
1:38 min

Description:
3D animation, endless loop. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katie Torn Sleeping Beauty

Dimensions:
30 x 40 in

Description:
Inkjet print. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katie Torn Good Morning

Dimensions:
30 x 40 in

Description:
Inkjet print. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katie Torn Monument

Dimensions:
2:37 min

Description:
3D animation, endless loop. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katie Torn Let Them Eat Cake

Dimensions:
1 min

Description:
Video installation, endless loop. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Katie Torn The Queen of Intrusive Thoughts

Dimensions:
1 min

Description:
Video installation, endless loop. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Katie Torn Geo Crash

Dimensions:
4:00 min

Description:
3D animation, endless loop. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katie Torn Geo Crash

Dimensions:
4:00 min

Description:
3D animation, endless loop. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katie Torn David

Dimensions:
5:00 min

Description:
3D animation, endless loop. Image © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2013

Dimensions:
4:00 min

Description:
3D animation, endless loop. Video © Katie Torn. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

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Katie Torn
Pristine Fantasies

3D computer software is used to create seamless commercials that seduce consumers. Katie Torn's digital prints and video animations take 3D out of the commercial context and uses it as a means to express psychological states caused by living in a capitalist system.

The work I create is a hybrid of sculpture and photography. The manipulation of forms within the 3D interface is sculptural. I navigate through a Cartesian XYZ space, constructing three-dimensional structures from multiple angles. I then use the virtual camera within the 3D software to create images and videos. The images resemble photographs. Objects cast realistic shadows and have realistic highlights and reflections. However, what the viewer is experiencing are forms that I created in a Hyperreality, where I can control the level of “realness” based on what I want to portray.

I am interested researching the history of virtual reality, its relationship to American consumerism and the prevalence of the hyper-real in our everyday lives.  We live in an age where tools for creating a pristine consumer fantasy are rapidly advancing, while our landscape is quickly being cluttered by toxic consumerism made waste.  My work integrates the fantasy and the waste together to create worlds that grasp at the gestalt of the American urban experience.

Text by Katie Torn

Geo Crash [the video featured here] was created as part of the project On Synchronics conceived by Claudia Hart.

On Synchronics is a media project created by Claudia Hart in collaboration with 24 of her former and current students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was created with a grant from the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, specifically for the network of public media billboards of the Streaming Museum and in dialog with its director, Nina Colosi.

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