Saturday, September 27, 2008

Behind the scenes

And so now it's important to address that each of these has a back and a back story-- and I'm starting to realize that these sides are the more compelling. The factual information, the descriptions, the notes, the dates, the pens being used, the handwriting, the aging paper, the prices, and even the brand of photo paper pull the school pictures through their presence as 2-dimensional images into objecthood. I think that my relationship with the portraits is genuine, but narcissistic-- I'm interested in the diversity of experience but am ultimately just seeing myself. The back surfaces avoid that and cause me to interrogate their presence and passage independent of my own.

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