Saturday, December 21, 2013

Q:  For a while you were finding "Jeff Walls."  Now it's all movies from the 70s.

A:  The process of finding a place pictured in a work, and then making a work about, or after it, is a very open one.  It's not a program, and it's certainly not systematic.

For the record, I've currently made or am making works about, or after, places depicted in works by the following artists:

Jeff Wall
Ethel Wilson
Scott McFarland
David Hockney
Kelly Reichardt
John Carpenter
Stephen Spielberg
George Roy Hill

So it's a broader, and maybe more peculiar list than it might seem.

Q:  What ties these together?

A:  I don't know.  That's not my business.  Duel and Hallowe'en were movies made by talented young men with ambition and no money.  Maybe that enters the work, theirs or mine, on some level.

Bear in mind that these location pictures are only one part of my practice; they occur simultaneously with, or alongside, what some people have called autonomous, or nonreferential photographs.  I'd argue that all photography is referential.  Photographs point.  A picture pointing at a cactus is no different, in my view, from a picture pointing at a photograph of a cactus.  It treats the cactus and cactus photograph as equally significant things in the world.

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