5×5: Meta Peregrinators by Olivia Gilmore

Photography evolves, and so too does its final form (post-exposure, post-development, or post-upload).
Peregrinators (peregrinate: to travel or wander from place to place) have traced photographic history across the globe; no doubt its global reach has perpetuated new mediums, inspired by the photographic practice. Apart from photojournalism or a kind-of colonial traversing, these artists are benign independent travelers of physical and metaphysical landscapes. All of their work regarding photography inhabits a new form, be it: video, installation, book, sculpture or collage.



Jacqueline Castel’s The 4th Dimension explores slit-scan photography technique and metaphysical journey. Slit-scan photography achieves a blurred, psychedelic quality. Reminiscent of Maya Daren’s At Land, or any of Andrei Tarkovsky’s films, The 4th Dimension utilizes symbols and surreal imagery. Castel is a filmmaker and cinematographer whose work encompasses experimental shorts as well as full music videos. Notably, Castel directed Jim Jarmusch and Jozef van Wissem’s otherworldly music video, “Etimasia” for Sacred Bones Records in 2013. Her films have been screened nationally, at SXSW, MoMA PS1 (among others), and her work has been featured internationally in Dazed Digital, VICE, and Rolling Stone (among others).

Ethan Goldwater
Ethan Goldwater, Untitled

Ethan Goldwater of Hover Crafts Co.’s image is part of a larger project called Collisions In Cycle. The project documents a cycling trip that Goldwater took in Kyrgyzstan. The documentation extends beyond the simple documentation, Collisions In Cycle became an interactive web journey, in addition this image became a sort of fixture and object in the Spicy Village restaurant in Chinatown, where it can be seen as a light-box. Given new context, this photograph is likewise given new meaning. 

Kris Graves, Hverfjall, 2013

Hverfjall is part of Kris Graves‘ larger series (and published book) Discovered Missing, 2013.  Graves photographed the isolated landscapes of Iceland, creating ethereal images of a land that is isolated. These images are landscapes, however also parallel the independent nature of the Icelandic residents. As well as photographing landscapes, Graves also photographs people and publishes artist books.

Jeanine Oleson
Jeanine Oleson, Falling out of order, (2013), detail archival inkjet print

Similar to Graves’ isolated landscapes, Jeanine Oleson created photographs, photographic sculptures, and text, in response to a similar terrain in the Arctic. Oleson is an artist whose work incorporates interdisciplinary uses of photography, performance, film/video, and installation work. This piece, Falling out of order debuted in her solo exhibition, The Shore is Still in the Sea, at the Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles. She is currently the artist-in-residence at The New Museum for the research and development season entitled ‘VOICE.’ The full from The Shore is in the see can be viewed digitally here, you may also order a copy from Oleson’s website. Be sure to check out her upcoming events at The New Museum this spring.

Sylvia Feliz
Sylvia Sewell, Island

Sylvia Sewell created this surreal floating island from her own photograph of the Arizona desert. Her work focuses on re-imagining the desert as a kind of utopia. The work began in New York, while Sewell was feeling somewhat homesick  for Arizona. The desert seemed even more romanticized when far from it, and the photographs, collages, and sculptures that encompass her desert work, are forms of escape from the concrete jungle. Sewell is a Brooklyn based artist working in photography, sculpture, and collage. She will soon be living in Iceland for several months for an artist residency.