Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lee Friedlander

I believe this image is from Friedlander's Sticks and Stones. It strikes me in particular because of how the high contrast (the sea of white with stark, thin black lines) and placement of view point in respect to the shadows and street replicate not only a very specific, ephemeral landscape, but an experience. For all we know, the sky could be bright blue, the fire hydrant bright red, the ground full of grass, the buildings brightly painted, and the weather that day cool or even freezing. But what the viewer is given is a very particular experience--to me, almost eerie in its totality and exclusionary exactness--allowed by what actually exists but used in a way that accomplishes the artist's goal of imaginatively unreal, and somewhat suffocating, experience.

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