Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_b1

Dimensions:
33.5” x 16.5”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2004

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_bs1

Dimensions:
33.5” x 16.5”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2004

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_bs5

Dimensions:
33.5” x 23”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2004

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_bs7

Dimensions:
33.5” x 16”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2004

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_d8_k4

Dimensions:
24” x 24”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2005

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_l5_l7_l11

Dimensions:
24” x 24”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2005

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_m2[3]

Dimensions:
36” x 24”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2005

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_m2

Dimensions:
24” x 24”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2005

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_m3_m5_m7

Dimensions:
33.5” x 16.5”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2005

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_m10_m11

Dimensions:
33.5” x 16.5”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2005

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault topo_t3

Dimensions:
24” x 24”

Description:
Pigment print. Image © Lilla LoCurto & Bill Oucault. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2005

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Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault
topographies

While working on selfportrait.map, Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault began to consider different ways to further manipulate and reconfigure the data that comprises what is essentially a three dimensional photograph and its spatial coordinates. They had seen a utility program while being scanned which aligned the four laser views in the whole body scanner.

As the application traced the contiguous layers of their volumes, which ultimately define the resolution of the three dimensional model, the artists were captivated by its description of the body as an almost liquid drawing. In one format the scanned data is expressed as parallel horizontal lines that describe the outer contours of the human figure. Points are located along each line with instructions on joining the adjacent points to create triangles, or polygons, which, when all connected, form a wire frame volume.

By eliminating the points and vertices the artists were left with line drawings composed of the topographic layers which described the figure in a way that is very traditional, even classical. These drawings are given an almost Renaissance appearance; the figure is being rendered structurally from the inside out. To bring more control to the process the software was modified to allow the figure to be topologized from any angle and into any number of layers. The artists could also separate out layers and adjust their depth and they found that in disassembling these layers and rendering them sequentially, like a text, they could develop a typography from the topography inherent in the human form.

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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,...