Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault B.S.A.M. BL1sph(8/7)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 69.5”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Urmayev III BL1sph(8/5)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 52”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault B.S.A.M. BC2sph(8/6)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 70”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Polyconic BS1sph(8/6)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 62.5”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Gall Stereographic L8sph(8/8)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 62.5”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Kharchenko-Shabanova BS1sph(8/6)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 57.5”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Conformal Guyou L2sph(8/6)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 96”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Equidistant Cassini B10sph(1/1)2_98

Dimensions:
48” x 96”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Apianus II BL3cyl 7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 96”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Gall Stereographic BC1sph(8/6)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 62.5”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Urmayev III L3sph(8/6)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 52”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault Adams World in a Square I  L3sph(8/6)7_98

Dimensions:
48” x 48”

Description:
Chromogenic prints on Fujicolor Crystal Archive, printed in 2000, laminated and mounted on 1/8” aluminum. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
1998/2000

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Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault
selfportrait.map

After seeing Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion World Map, a projection of the earth on a flattened icosahedron, Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault began working on the idea of using computer technology to transfer the details of their physical bodies onto two-dimensional surfaces. Representing three-dimensional objects on two-dimension surfaces has been a concern for artists through the centuries and the concept of simultaneity, where all views of an object are experienced at once was a major theme of the Cubists and Futurists.

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault conceived selfportrait.map to explore this in a contemporary way using new digital imaging tools.

The earliest map projections were produced by first visually and later mathematically projecting three-dimensional details onto two-dimensional surfaces and with the advent of computers ever more complex objects could be electronically recorded and transformed. As artists accustomed to working with physical materials like clay, stone or steel Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault considered the manipulation of three-dimensional forms in virtual space, like map projections, as a non-traditional extension of the sculptural process.

selfportrait.map looks at the digital reordering of three-dimensional forms through a reshaping of the digitized body and offers an alternate way of representing the human figure by remapping its surface onto a set of simple shapes. The fragility and tenuous nature of our existence is a reoccurring theme in the artists’ work and, in the process of unfolding the scans, the computer generated a complex network of jagged seams and torn edges. Although stitching utilities exist that allow the projections to be 
repaired, Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault considered the holes and gaps to be evocative of both the landmasses of maps and the vulnerability of life.

selfportrait.map is a suite of 18 chromogenic prints mounted on aluminum. A series of pigment prints was also produced.

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In 1991, Bill and I formed a collaborative team and received a development grant in 1993 for their first project, Self Portrait, from Art Matters Inc. That year our work was also included in an exhibition and a publication, Corporal Politics, Beacon Press and MIT List Visual Arts Center. In 1993 we were selected to do a solo show at Newport Harbor Art Museum, CA for New California Art and in 1994,...