N.4FOR THE LACKOF A SMILE(2011)
Waxing reflective on the history and conventions of photography, For the Lack of a Smile explores themes of desire, obsession, melancholy, and the physical print itself. This work considers inherent qualities of the photographic medium. Physical and chemical aspects are addressed in study of the unique character of the negative. A reference to the studio, the piece Victoria reminds the viewer of the simple aesthetic beauty of the materials, which are usually secondary to the final print. Characteristics of photographic instruments are reflected upon in the sculptural work Prism, where the fundamental operation of the camera is both highlighted and denied, proposing ruminations about the ultimate source of a photographic reproduction, light. The echoing moon can be viewed as a reminder of the obsessive nature of the act of picture taking, and is a contemplation of procedure, convention, and rituals essential to photography.
Format: Photography, Sculpture