Noah Kalina. Top: from the series Internet/Sex. Bottom: from the series Fountain Test.
Recent acquisition: Imitation of Christ by William E. Jones.
Timothy Karr. Hoboken, 2013.
Recent acquisition. FIRES by Ron Jude.
From an interview at The Great Leap Sideways:
Ron Jude’s work plays deliberately and freely with the elastic nature of the photographic image, and with the complexities of meaning that arise when those images are grouped and sequenced in oblique and yet insistent ways. In order for this type of photographic work to have any palpable effect, it must (perversely) take advantage of the fact that we as viewers unavoidably decipher specific meanings in the images that he creates, however immune such meanings are to objective proof. Working in the formal tradition of straight photography, Jude’s foreshortened landscapes and elliptical abstracts are frequently blunt, and often lacking in apparent ostentation. For him, the straight photograph is already “powerfully dream-like,” and yet it is in the elusive cadence of the sequencing of his images that their individual meanings come unmoored, and our conventional expectations are subverted. Jude makes the interpretive activity of reading ‘straight’ photographs a visible part of the rubric of his work, and he does this by exposing the inscrutable nature of the most matter-of-fact forms of images.
“We build linear narratives about our lives, our relationships — our entire sense of ourselves — out of incomplete fragments. Photographs not only give us a false sense of the past, but they get in the way of deeper reflection. They act as verifiable, sentimentalized proof of something that doesn’t exist.”
Jonathan Haeber. From his Flickr series of an abandoned toy store in Killingly, Connecticut.
Seemed fitting for the holiday season.