Artifacts of the Contemporary

2019-2020

My recent photographs Tragic Chairs and Tiny Tree are computer-assisted cutouts of life-size furnishings and discarded fragments as exquisite remnants, composited in plexiglass and mounted in relief against the vast 7-ft black void from my new series “Artifacts of the Contemporary.” These works are a result of a synchronous printing, cutting, and mounting process where the photograph becomes a physical entity and near rather than remote and representational. As such, ruinous life-size pieces become topographic reliefs in a spatial void unconfined by their original and quotidian contexts — a visual parallel to the Latin philosophy “ubi sunt,” meaning “Where are those who were before us?" In this way, our personal 'artifacts of the contemporary’ entropically decay alongside us, often outliving us, as ubiquitous symbols through which to acquiesce to a shared gravitas and pathos of ephemerality, mortality and obsolescence. 

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© Dianne Blell

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