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Prologue to a Myth (2018 – 2020) V

Mar 24, 2020 - Louis Heilbronn

The decision to manipulate the viewer through the juxtaposition of stylistically flawed yet emotional images, with a cast of awkwardly familiar characters and motifs, came out of the desire to speak to the deceptive nature of photographs and art. Due to the formal and romantic nature of each image, which have been constructed and coded based on the popularized ideas of what photographs “should” be, a viewer is actively lured in. Yet the photographs are flawed, staged, and corrupted in ways that derail one’s principal expectations. It is through this impending contradiction that the work becomes self reflexive, and is able to create a specific tension that can both welcome and alienate the viewer at the same time.