04.02.14 Outside Exhibitions

Jordan Tate: SUPERBLACK opened at Transformer Station, Cleveland

Exhibition runs March 29 – June 14, 2014

Link to Transformer Station website

SUPERBLACK is the result of a two-year research project in collaboration with scientists at the University of Cincinnati. SUPERBLACK is a physical body designed to absorb nearly all electromagnetic radiation (visible light, infrared light, ultraviolet light, etc.) and offer the experience of a localized, contained, and absolute darkness.

At its core, SUPERBLACK is an exploration of certain dualities – subject/object, void/full, black/white. Tate’s larger photo-based practice further explores the nature of these dualities that inform, limit, and govern our experiences.

Within Tate’s work, the photograph is used as an idea, as a metaphor for knowledge itself, rather than a physical object or even an image. Photography becomes a way of analyzing the interplay between culture, science, and technology that transforms individual observations into systems of knowledge.


Catalog available for $30:

SUPERBLACK by Jordan Tate functions as an instruction manual for the artwork for which it is named and is an art object in its own right. Exploring the nature of blackness and the void, this volume includes an interview by Lisa Kurzner with Jordan Tate, an essay on nothingness by Nicolas O’Brien, an excerpt from Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a photo essay by Jordan Tate using an electron microscope and a glossary of all things black. Published by Transformer Station in an edition of 500 on the occasion of the exhibition SUPERBLACK.

First Edition
58 Pages
9″ x 12″
Softcover with die-cut, and black edging
Design by the Laboratory of Manuel Bürger

Link to buy


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