The project is a continuation of one begun for the Free Biennial in New
York City. For the first part unique photography based images were reproduced
digitally and/or photocopied and distributed inside the Whitney Museum
of American Art during its 2002 Biennial. Three editions of a booklet
were produced. The first featured images that were manipulated in Photoshop.
In the second edition the images were reproduced to resemble the originals
as much as possible but text was handwritten on each image. The third
edition consisted of black and white reproductions of the previous images.
The second part of the project involves mailing 100 copies of a fourth
edition to residents of Frankfurt. A letter will accompany the booklet
of images. Half of the letters will request the recipient to hand deliver
the booklet to the Free Manifesta area at Manifesta4. The other half of
the letters will request the recipient write something in the booklet
along with their name(s) and return to me in New York. Return postage
will be sent along with the booklet.
HOW TO LOCATE
Copies of the booklet can be requested
by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the FREE
MANIFESTA HEADQUARTERS at Manifesta4. People that received the
booklet through the mail may request that a copy be sent to an individual
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I have shown my photographs and assemblages
in Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. I was born in Morehead
City, NC and received a BA in Communications from NC State University
in Raleigh. While pursuing a BFA in photography at Massachusetts College
of Art in Boston I studied under Barbara Bosworth, Abelardo Morell, Laura
McPhee and Nicholas Nixon.
At the most basic level the photographs in my current work are about the
self awareness of flowers; the flowers in these images know that they
are pretty or beautiful, that they are desirable or lack in some quality
generally associated with a flower. I use language to illustrate their
self awareness and explore flattery and narcissism, that of the plant
as well as the onlooker. It depends on the viewers perception whether
the words represent the thoughts of the flowers or are half of a dialogue
between themselves and the flowers. Ultimately, that rests with how attracted
one is to a particular image. One thing is for sure, these pictures aspire
to make the viewer want to engage with them.
All the photographs originate from two negatives printed right side up
or inverted. The negatives were made inside a tulip magnolia tree in Central
Park with a portrait camera. The resulting images are printed on different
papers, using a variety of chemicals and procedures. Often the paper is
fogged intentionally and then bleached and/or toned. The words that are
part of the pictures are drawn from the personality that emerges from
each individual flower image during the process.
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