‘Compression Loss’ is a series of objects in which Troika take iconic figures and forms and deconstruct them into separate ‘slices’. The series forms part of Troika’s solo exhibition ‘Compression Loss’ at Galería OMR, which opened on 11 November 2017.
The title ‘Compression Loss’ references the process by which a digital file looses some computational information each time it is copied, as well as a method of rationalisation in which the whole is seemingly understood by its deconstruction into smaller, separate parts — a process which does not account for accumulative significance.
The works in this series are produced by industrial and traditional methods that fold in computational information. Mythological and ancient objects and figures associated with both, technological mastery and the inconclusive or indeterminate character of knowledge, are cast in resin by using 3D digitised models of the originals taken from online libraries, or, by recasting plaster reproductions of their ancient originals.
The objects - an ancient Ming vase; Thoth, the ur-god of magic; the Aztec deity Xipe, the god of polarity or Hebe, the goddess of eternal youth - are reproduced in individual slices of normed thickness. They are then re-assembled by re-appropriating logically and mathematically derived sequences or according to prescribed variations such as doubling or compression. Each iteration then has an identity that cannot be confused with its original. Yet, intrinsically linked to their source, each iteration alludes to the coalescence of seemingly irreconcilable opposites: authenticity and artifice, model and copy, the virtual and the real, the logical application of science and the shifting nature of mythology and belief.