Published on the occasion of his exhibition of the same name at Derek Keller Gallery (New York), 1:1 (one to one) references a scaling technique used to create a model or a virtual rendering of architecture or objects. While most ratios of scale are meant to economize labor and space (1:500 or 1:100), this exhibition employs 1:1 scale to reproduce tangible, commonplace objects.
Using a hand-held wand scanner, Kennedy Cutler photographically captures his personal archeology, mined from his most immediate environs: plaid shirts, work aprons, hammers, bananas, kale, bread and his entire body, front and back.
Kennedy Cutler endeavors to replace his everyday reality with, in his words, “images of things instead of things.” These replacements, or surrogates, set up a conundrum of comparison. 1:1 becomes 1 instead of 1, or even 1 against 1 – setting off a chain reaction where the original is lost in an assembly line of production. By replicating his most intimate possessions – the clothes he wears, the food he eats, the tools he uses to make a living – he reduces his identity to solely the proliferation of his labor and the propagation of his image through digital culture. These conditions, palpably felt in our current culture, highlight the deception of representation and the loss of definition of the self, even as that self is repeatedly thrust out into the world.