April 09, 2014
Barb Choit "Originals, Copies, and Fades" exhibition at Cooper Cole Gallery
Originals, Copies, and Fades
April 10 – May 10, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday April 10, 2014 / 6 – 10pm
Originals, Copies, and Fades is a continuation of the artist's series, Fade Diary, in which Choit photographs fading advertising images repeated within an urban context. Her photographic work as a whole centres on an exploration of fading—a process by which all images are eventually destroyed by the very light that makes them visible. For Originals, Copies, and Fades, Choit continues to explore forgotten locations, documenting mass-produced images within storefront windows—primarily those that are vestiges of older forms of commerce—as they become bleached by the sun's ultraviolet rays. With this new body of work she focusses her camera on the glass that separates the artist from her subject, revealing the its surface by capturing dirt, condensation, and glare. Glass plays a crucial part in her concept as it not only magnifies the fading effects of the sun's UV rays, accelerating the ultimate destruction of the images she records, but it is a necessary part of modern photographic processes. While using a camera to capture a scene, the photographer is inevitably separated from the subject by a piece of glass - the lens. This condition replicates itself while viewing framed works in a gallery, where the viewer is also separated from the image/object by a plane of glass. This new work reveals an invisible substance inherent to a number of commonplace aesthetic experiences.
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