"I Can Hear You Humming" series follows a network of power lines as they travel throughout our cities and beyond, offering a view of our contemporary landscape and the metal giants that inhabit them. Standing still yet in constant motion, they are on an endless journey that symbolizes both our connected nature as a society, and our boundless need for the energy that keeps it functioning.
At first they seem out of place: giant heaps of metal and wire; yet they have somehow imbedded themselves into our visual culture and become as invisible to us as the energy that they carry. In the open, they move freely and dance through the landscape. As they approach our cities and homes, their corridors become places of recreation, residence and rejuvenation, offering temporary relief for a congested city. Wherever they are, however, we know that there are people, relying on them to provide the power that we crave.
The sprawling power grid then becomes a symbol of modernity, leaving a signifying mark fixed on our landscape. Kasumovic has grown to view it as an endless modernist sculpture, often arranging itself in a way that defies its utilitarian nature. Like most things, it is easy to take for granted: visually, the power lines fade away into the distance and are easily ignored and more easily forgotten. However, at other times they arrange themselves in an iconic fashion that truly showcases the power and reliance that they represent.
This series attempts to record this feeling of power in the landscape, capturing the scenes that represent a juxtaposition of banality, necessity and splendor.
"PICTURE/PERFECT" examines the precarious relationship between photography, tourism and our new digital landscape.
The series creates an ongoing investigation of the virtualization of our daily lives by taking a critical look at the shifting role of photography in the digital age. Using the tourist as a backdrop to explore today’s explosion of digital information, Kasumovic creates photographs and video works that traverse the spectacle of the world’s most photographed places and question our relationship to authentic experience.
The exhibition combines the mediums of candid street photography, large format digital collage and video media. Kasumovic’s flash filled street photographs from most photographed iconic sights in Paris shed light on the intimate bond between the camera and its operator. His video works re-construct, through the painstaking process called ‘roto-scoping’ (frame-by-frame video manipulation), iconic Canadian tourist sites.
Mark Kasumovic is a Toronto-based photographer and video artist who recently graduated with an MFA from NSCAD University. He has received multiple awards and grants, participated in several large‐scale commissions and exhibitions, and has recently been commissioned to install images from "PICTURE/PERFECT"at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto this summer. "PICTURE/PERFECT" was also recently purchased by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.