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Grandma's Funeral Flowers (65 Images, Focus Stack), 2017




50x40", edition of 5. Archival pigment print, mounted to sintra. This image was created from a funeral bouquet to show the transient and chaotic aspects of mourning a loved one. This image was recently written about in Lyle Rexer's highly successful book "Fifteen Pictures to Understand Photography". An excerpt from the text: “Think of this as a bouquet of errors. Visual results include changes in focus, elements repeated arbitrarily, shifting perspectives and depths of field, alterations of light and time. These make for an image that is both static and unstable, superficially perspicuous and incoherent. Cubist painting in the early twentieth century must have had a similar impact of viewers used to Impressionism, but with a photograph the expectation of coherence is much higher and more urgent than for any painting. Wedded to a lens based viewpoint, audiences find that viewpoint undercut by Nash’s flowers, and with it the dual sense of subject — the subject being looked at and the subject doing the looking. The experience eludes description, like going blind. Something is there to be seem, but what it is and how it is done cannot be grasped visually. As for the interpretation and significance, the eye is drawn into a process of identification without language and memory being allowed to do their work. Or rather, they are solicited but never accepted. The totality of their photographic experience is broken and revealed at the same time. “ — Lyle Rexer

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photography | archival pigment print | still life


50.00 x 40.00 x 2.00 in | 127.00 x 101.60 x 5.08 cm

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