The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake

Organized by Matthew Endler
May 11 – June 2, 2012
Opening: May 11, 7-10p

The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake

Alter Space is excited to announce the opening of our newest exhibition, The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake. As part of our continuing commitment to the promotion of local contemporary arts, we have invited artist Matthew Endler to serve as the gallery’s first guest curator. Endler brings with him a group of emerging artists responding to the overwhelming impact of technology and internet culture on our lives. Collectively, their work examines the only world that many of the participating artists have known, visually shaped by evolving screen technologies and the complicated relationship between the physical body and mercurial nature of electronic space.

The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake features artwork by Jason Benson, Nicolas Colon, Joel Dean, Caitlin Denny, Matthew Endler, Bryan Morello, Dean Schneider.


The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake, is a local survey of artists investigating perceptions of physical space and objecthood in today’s surroundings of acutely mediated experience. Rasterization, the process from which the title of the show is inspired, describes the horizontal pattern in which monitors refresh their imagery. In software graphics, it is the process in which visual objects through the screen are hardcoded, or “baked” into an image format to then be plotted by a printer. The word is derived from a rake called a rastrum, used upon soil to grid out the landscape for farming. Using this etymology as a prospect for spatial analogy between the coded environments within the interactive screen and the material environments in which the body finds itself, the artists involved translate their work between the material and the immaterial. The body in space in the act of looking, the presence of physical objects and their inferred presence through imagery, and the dynamic between present moment and mediated past event are qualitative relationships that are explored through installation, sculpture, animation, painting, and photography. To cast light on the individuality of embodied experience, each artist will be drawing out their own phenomenal engagement with materials, media, and space.