Monday, June 25, 2012

Autobiography: Lunch Bags

After living with these for a long time, I finally resolved the presentation of the lunch bags today. The last blog post featured various printing sizes but I knew I wanted to rephotograph the bags because I couldn't try dimensions larger than 30" x 20" without detail falling away. Rephotographing meant that they would no longer look like this.  Even though I miss some of the old compositions, the new round looks a lot better. For one, my new camera is amazing! Check out the detail (and this is an iPhone photograph of a 45" x 30" print):

Secondly, Hannah pinned the bags to her studio wall for the past 8 months to paint them and they had drastically deteriorated. Some of the compositions are far more dramatic because of this.

Thirdly, I love how monumental my lowly lunch bags appear at this size. For an object that should have been trashed a long time ago, it is certainly elevated to something far greater. Typically all the Autobiography photographs feature a stark white background but it was important to have the "studio" 3-D documentation view as that makes it more ironic and perhaps significant. Below, my friend the broom makes a return visit (because it's silly and a chair wasn't quite right for scale reference).

My biggest fear is that I will be a space hog in the Atrium Gallery for the 4-person exhibition (new title!) The Echo of the Object in November. I will practice the art of reprinting (smaller) if that is the case.

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