What does photography look like today? Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, featuring 19 artists and artist collectives from 14 countries, opens Saturday.  

[DIS. Positive Ambiguity (beard, lectern, teleprompter, wind machine, confidence). 2015. Commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art]

FEATURED ARTIST: John Houck is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with photographic materials and engages in architectural interventions. Houck’s background as a computer programmer influences his practice; he often generates compositions by repurposing digital systems or designing unique algorithms. The artist’s series A History of Graph Paper addresses the impulse to produce quantifying models of our world in order to better comprehend it, and in turn, how these models come to affect our perceptions of the world. Houck was recently featured in a solo show at On Stellar Rays (New York) and his first solo exhibition in the UK runs at Max Wigram Gallery (London) from November 20, 2013 to January 18, 2014.

John Houck, Pointing Device, from the series A History of Graph Paper, 2013. Pigment print. 32 x 45 in. Courtesy the artist.