Todd R. Forsgren
Ornithological Photographs / The World is Round / Post-industrial Edens / Resume
Untitled Re:Iterations / An Imperfect Representation / Other Works / Order a Book

Staring at the Sky and the Screen

Dreaming of Other Celestial Bodies

Wondering What They're Looking at
Breaking Branches and Bending Grids
Measuring Half-lives on the Horizon

Artist's Statement





To Anne, created 2001-2002, destroyed 2016.


From Anne, created 2001-2002, destroyed 2016.

Supernovas from Mix CDs: Documentation of the Obliteration of Information,
unique silver gelatin prints, 5.5"x5.5" each, 2016.  

In the late 20th Century and early 21st century,
there was rapid technological innovation and change.
During this period, I also happened to come of age.

A technology called a Compact Disc (DC) was popularized,
Reshaping the audio, video, and data storage industries.
These spinning disks contain a long coil of information,
The information could read by an optical drive and 780nm light,
An infrared wavelength on the far edge of visible light.
“Burning” these disks allowed users to create their own CDs.

Concurrently, the microwave oven was becoming popular,
And proliferating in kitchens across the globe.
These ovens allow for the rapid heading of food,
Using microwaves, on the other side of infrared light.
Microwaves are on the other side of infra-red light.
Growing up, these two technologies held a symbolic value:
The promise of better living through innovation.
In 2016, they both feel like a sentimental thing of the past.
They do not play nicely together. Put a CD in a microwave,
Turn on the microwave, and boom, the CD explodes.

During this era, there was a common custom of burning CDs,
I often exchanged CDs full of love-struck music with my girlfriends,
Those relationships are now sentimental things of the past as well.



Grid of 38 unique silver gelatin prints


To Megan, created 2003-2005, destroyed 2016.


From Megan, created 2003-2005, destroyed 2016.



To Sarah, created 1999, destroyed 2016.


From Sarah, created 1999, destroyed 2016.



To Heather, created 2003, destroyed 2016.


From Heather, created 2003, destroyed 2016.



To Maureen, created 2009, destroyed 2016.


From Maureen, created 2009, destroyed 2016.