The title of the exhibition, “A Particular Turbulent Wave” refers to wave-particle duality, or the fact that light can exhibit properties of both waves and particles. Zawada attempts to make visual this fact. His pieces push viewers to understand seemingly turbulent and chaotic digital experiences and the orderly structures in which they are rooted. A TV screen’s static or an overly pixelated image, for instance, can be confounding and taxing to the human eye. But what if we considered that same image as just a split second, frozen in time, a still screengrab from a much larger mathematical process? That contingency is exactly what Zawada’s works are meant to express.
Few things are actually chaotic, Zawada suggests, if viewed within their proper context. His works, too, form a collection that is surprisingly cohesive. But for all the talk of order and organization, Zawada throws us a curveball with his quizzical, often comical titles: The Greater the Fidelity, the Shorter the Longevity, and Disrupt to Differentiate by Becoming a Dream-Execution Machine (both 2015), to name two. Is this just something to keep us guessing? It’s definitely enough to leave us wanting more from the talented young artist.