Speaking of the move away from the material, your latest body of work New Era, prominently features Martin Cooper, the man widely credited with discovering cellular technology and who created the first cellular phone. Why is Cooper such a compelling figure for you?
New Era to me is really a modern mythology, and I think that it starts with this very simple story, a very human story, which is something we often lack when we look at the future or technology. In this story, you have this older man with a gray beard, rather frail. He starts explaining this philosophy, which led to the creation of the first cell phone. With New Era, I was very fascinated by the idea that you have a human starting point to this technological advance. In a lot of ways, we’ve become so detached—without even thinking—when we look at the world around us and engage with the tools like a cell phone or computer that have become so commonplace. And there’s something about that disconnect that I wanted to explore. With New Era I wanted to take you back into the cave, to the point where it all began.
Aitken's exhibition, New Era, is showing at 303 Gallery (555 West 21 St, NY) until May 25.