San Francisco

Rebeca Bollinger

Rena Bransten Gallery

Off-the-shelf electronic devices always seem to have a feature that some engineer gleefully cooked up but few actual users ever figure out quite what to do with. Take the “tile” function on most digital cameras—the button that multiplies an image into a gridded set of sixteen squares, like a sheet of Sanrio photobooth stickers. It’s this type of dubiously useful function that serves as Rebeca Bollinger’s inspiration to explore the found structures of online databases, personal image banks, and sorting programs. The centerpiece of her recent exhibition was a double DVD projection titled fields (all works 2001), a seemingly endless stream of everyday images—urban walls, lines painted on a highway, chain-link fences, patches of grass, delivery trucks, Home Depots—all seen from a machine’s-eye view.

When her digital camera is set to “Multi-Shot 16” and the shutter pressed, the

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