Monday, February 21, 2011

Social Currency, The Shared Photograph

Stutz Art Space - Opens First Friday March 4, 5 to 9 p.m.

Satch and I are collaborating on a piece for the Stutz Art Space exhibit, Social Currency, The Shared Photograph, curated by Andy Chen.

Intertwining historic carte de visites and cabinet cards with contemporary portraits from Facebook, together with other contemporary and historical elements, the piece compares and contrasts the historical and contemporary use of portraits as a means to develop social currency.

A recent self-portrait of Ron made with a Polaroid SX-70 was scanned and then printed, combining the two historical modes of photography, analogue and digital.  This photograph is displayed next to a red velvet Victorian photograph album cover featuring a mirror.  By looking into the mirror the viewer may create their own transitory self-portrait enabling them to become a part of the piece.  Encased by a computer screen frame these two elements of the piece are mounted onto an easel.  The easel  would have presented an album of carte de visites and cabinet cards in a prominent place in the Victorian home.

The intertwined photographs are shown in an accordion-like manner so that when viewers are looking at the various photographs they will be somewhat facing each other, rather than simply standing next to each other.  The hope is that this will engender viewer interaction that will create social currency. 

I will be updating the blog with more information as we get closer to the exhibit.  Below is the conceptual sketch for the piece.

Conceptual Sketch
Satch constructing the piece

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