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About Lynn

Baltimore City

Lynn Cazabon creates multi-part, research-based, interdisciplinary projects centered on the intersection of environmental and social issues. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries over the past 20 years, as public art, and in solo and group exhibitions with WRO Art Center (Wrocław, Poland), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth, New Zealand), The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA), Artists Space (New York, NY), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center... more

Ecomimesis

In progress, virtual reality animation

Ecomimesis is a dynamic, virtual reality (VR) environment containing animated virtual plants responsive to viewer action that seeks to collapse conventional distinctions between inside/outside, natural/cultural, and human/non-human to explore inter-species connections between plants and humans. The species featured is Erigeron canadensis, a common urban ‘weed’ chosen for its prevalence in human crafted landscapes that is at the same time often 'invisible' to most people as they choose to ignore such so-called nuisance species. Ecomimesis is inspired in part by a lesser-known text by Charles Darwin, The Power of Movement in Plants, in which Darwin documents his observations of how various plant species move as they grow. The animation was based on thousands of time-lapse photos of growing plants.

  • Ecomimesis

    Ecomimesis
    still image from VR environment
  • Ecomimesis

    sample animation as viewed within virtual reality environment
  • Ecomimesis

    Ecomimesis
    still image from VR environment
  • Ecomimesis

    Ecomimesis
    still image from VR environment

Baltic Portraits

2016, photographs, text

Baltic Portraits is a trilingual project situated at the intersection between the genres of portraiture and landscape that explores the deep connections between the Baltic Sea and the people who live near it. The project consists of a series of fifty portraits of residents of Liepaja, Latvia, standing at the edge of the Baltic Sea displayed with a quote about the role the sea plays in their lives, along with eight long-exposure photographs of the sea taken just after sunset. Latvia is one of the three Baltic countries, with a complex history of occupation by Nazi Germany and the USSR for a majority of the 20th century. The Baltic Sea forms Latvia's border on its western side while Russia borders its eastern side. With tensions with Russia recently re-emerging, the Baltic Sea is a visible reminder of the vulnerability of this small country.

Uncultivated

2010 - ongoing, geo-referenced photographs, website (http://uncultivated.info), public displays, community collaborations and events

Uncultivated is a multi-faceted and modular project focused on wild plants within urban landscapes. The project questions the line we draw between cultivated and uncultivated plants and explores how urban landscapes evolve over time due to the effects of human induced change. Each photograph has a corresponding webpage containing detailed information on all the plants appearing in them, the location, and the date it was taken and public displays show images taken in close proximity. Public events are created in collaboration with the local community and the project is customized for each location in which it is realized. The project has so far been realized in different configurations in nine cities.

  • Uncultivated

    Uncultivated
    2 photographic murals, produced for WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 11 feet x 26 feet, 2016
  • Uncultivated

    Uncultivated
    photographic mural produced for WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 11 feet x 10 feet, 2016
  • Uncultivated

    Uncultivated
    Site-specific photographic mural for facade of WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 10 feet x 16 feet, 2016
  • Uncultivated

    Uncultivated
    Detail, site-specific photographic mural for facade of WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 10 feet x 16 feet, 2016
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    Uncultivated
    photograph, 1 of 28 unique posters installed in transit shelters, produced for WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 71" x 47", 2016
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    Uncultivated
    Documentation of Urban Weed Eating Workshop, community collaboration produced for WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 2016
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    Uncultivated
    Harvesting, Cooking, Eating Wild Plants Workshop, community collaboration, The Point and Franklin Furnace Archives, Bronx, NY, 2014 (photo credit: Renee Monrose)
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    Uncultivated
    Documentation of public billboard produced for SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, MI, 2015
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    Uncultivated
    Photographic prints on fabric, detail of site-specific installation in de-commissioned church, produced for SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, MI, 2015
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    Uncultivated
    Documentation of 1 of 6 posters for transit shelters along North Ave, Baltimore, 2011; QR code links to project website for information on the plants in the photograph which was taken nearby

Portrait Garden

2014, photographs, text, audio, community collaboration

Portrait Garden is a metaphorical garden of 'portraits' of eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, a multilevel security prison. Portrait Garden used environmental stewardship as a tool for self-reflection and resulted in the creation of three perennial gardens on the prison grounds. The display of the project consists of a collection of photographs of the cultivated plants paired with text and the recorded statements by each woman.

Diluvian

2008 - present, unique silver gelatin solar photograms

The images in the Diluvian series were created using expired black and white photographic paper and lengthy solar exposures. These unique cameraless, contact prints feature shadowy images of discarded electronics, which persist in the environment long after their obsolescence, juxtaposed with organic materials, highlighting their vastly different rates of decay.

  • Diluvian

    Diluvian
    40 unique gelatin silver solar photograms, @ 8" x 10", total dimensions 53" x 87", 2013
  • Diluvian

    Diluvian
    40 unique gelatin silver solar photograms, detail of one print 8"x10", 2013
  • Diluvian

    Diluvian
    40 unique gelatin silver solar photograms, detail of one print 8"x10", 2013
  • Diluvian 11

    Diluvian 11
    unique solar photogram on gelatin silver vellum, 24.5" x 21", 2017
  • Diluvian 12

    Diluvian 12
    unique solar photogram on gelatin silver vellum, 24" x 21", 2017
  • Diluvian 15

    Diluvian 15
    unique solar photogram on gelatin silver vellum, 24" x 21", 2017
  • Diluvian 26

    Diluvian 26
    unique solar photogram on gelatin silver vellum, 20" x 19.5", 2017
  • Diluvian 2

    Diluvian
    unique silver gelatin solar photogram, 11"x14", 2008
  • Diluvian 5

    Diluvian
    unique silver gelatin solar photogram, 11"x14", 2008
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    Diluvian
    unique silver gelatin solar photogram, 11"x14", 2008

Junkspace

2012, animation, custom software, iOS App

Junkspace is a time and location sensitive animation and mobile application that dynamically visualizes space debris tracking data, using images of earth-bound electronic waste as stand-ins for debris in orbit above the viewer. Using custom software, orbital debris tracking data and the GPS coordinates of the exhibition venue, the movement of animated e-waste on screen aligns with the path of pieces of debris in orbit above the user’s location. The project draws attention to a central problem of technological innovation: objects that persist in the environment long after their functional and stylistic obsolescence. The project's title is borrowed from Rem Koolhaas' essay of the same name. Junkspace was created in collaboration with game developer Neal McDonald.

  • Junkspace

    Junkspace
    production still from animation
  • Junkspace

    sample of animation
  • Junkspace

    Junkspace
    Installation inside former mikveh in White Stork Synagogue, produced for WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 2016
  • Junkspace

    Junkspace
    Installation inside former mikveh in White Stork Synagogue, produced for WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 2016
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    Junkspace
    Projected animation onto a 2-sided translucent screen adhered to front window of gallery at ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness exhibition, 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM, 2012
  • Junkspace

    Junkspace
    Projected animation onto a 2-sided translucent screen adhered to front window of gallery at ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness exhibition, 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM, 2012
  • Junkspace

    Junkspace
    Projected animation onto a 2-sided translucent screen adhered to front window of gallery at ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness exhibition, 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM, 2012
  • Junkspace

    Junkspace
    Installation of projected animation, custom prints on fabric installed in windows, ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, CA, 2012
  • Junkspace

    Junkspace
    Installation of projected animation, custom prints on fabric installed in windows, ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, CA, 2012; detail of custom prints on fabric installed in windows

Discard

2001 - 09, pigment ink jet prints and Fuji Crystal Archive prints

Discard is a body of work consisting of several discrete series of photographic prints featuring movie films discarded by public institutions (libraries, schools, archives). Harking back to the 19th century practice of postmortem photography, each print serves as a memento mori to an obsolete film. More generally, the series reflects on the often arbitrary process that determines which obsolete cultural artifacts are digitized and preserved.

Reunion

2007-09, digital video, asynchronous audio

Reunion is a collection of video and audio portraits of contemporary visual artists suspended in time, as they verbally reflect on themselves as a teenager while visually merging with a photograph of themselves from that time period. Each participant was asked to re-create the pose they took as a teenager and hold it for an extended period of time on video. This nearly static video image slowly merges with the photographic image of their younger self, suspending the portrait between past and present. The project is designed to be continued in whichever community it is exhibited.

  • Reunion (Parys)

    Renuion
    video still
  • Reunion

    excerpts from Paris, Marie-Pier, Alain-Martin, Felix, Branca (in French)
  • Reunion

    excerpts from Jan, Matt, Denise, Chris, Elise, Mark

Story of M

2003, installation of 140 Lightjet prints, projected video, viewer-activated audio (computer, Isadora software, laser triggers), ink jet prints

Story of M presents the viewer with fragmented details (images, sounds, films) of an anonymous man’s life across several decades of time. These various elements set the stage for multiple narratives to be constructed – the shape of any one story reflecting back to the viewer their own subjective “M”. The viewer's movement in the second room of the installation randomly triggers one of 200 audio clips to play, incorporating them into the shaping of the work.

  • Story of M

    Installation at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 2003
  • Story of M

    Installation at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 2003
  • Story of M

    Detail of 140 Lightjet photographs
  • Story of M

    Documentation of installation at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 2003
  • Story of M

    Lightjet print, 8"x10"
  • Story of M

    Lightjet print, 8"x10"
  • Story of M

    Lightjet print, 8"x10"
  • Story of M

    Lightjet print, 8"x10"
  • Story of M

    Lightjet print, 8"x10"
  • Story of M

    Lightjet print, 8"x10"

Plaids

1997 - 2001, chromogenic photographs and photograms

Plaids combines super-eight movie film and a labor-intensive, hand-made process. Each print in the series was made from dozens of individually developed and toned strips of super-eight movie film woven together, each containing a mini-narrative embedded within the film frames. These sequences feature short performances by the artist as well as frames from found footage. These images are 'photographs' of film which at first glance are abstract, referencing pixels, paintings, and textiles.

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