This work is a detail of a hand-painted pharmacy sign that depicts pills of varying shapes and colors. Time has caused some of the paint to peel and crack, giving each pill a new surface at odds with the uniformity and sterility of American medicine and pharmaceuticals. The artist depicts them as candy-colored orbs that embody the intended effects they will deliver to their consumers.
This work is part of the series Drawns by the artist. In these works, Lehr calls attention to expressive places in the everyday world. In each photograph, the artist considers objects, images and words in relation to physical sites that elaborate, erase or otherwise modify their meaning. It is often unclear which comes first in these works—accident or intention, repair or damage, documentation or invention. As the title suggests, all these elements seem to coexist in the continuous present of Lehr’s photographs. These works highlight the vast gulf that separates images from lived experience.
In each artwork, the final print hovers over a gray rectangle that sits in the center of a larger white rectangle of the paper itself. These overlapping shapes suggest windows on a computer screen or applications on a digital device—or perhaps the pages of a calendar. Each of the three elements are treated with different varnishes in the artist’s studio to protect the print. They also repel and reflect light depending on the environment. The treated prints are then mounted to a rigid material, which is trimmed at an angle and placed into an acrylic float frame. When viewed from the front, the work appears to be an image; when viewed from the side, it is clear it is an object.
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John Lehr’s photography frequently explores the construction of meaning in compositions that feature manufactured environments in various states of decay. His work examines different processes for photo development and alteration that highlight the impact of digital tools on the medium. Lehr employs a host of printing and mounting techniques when creating final prints of his photographs, drawing attention to the dual nature of each work—both as an image and as an object.
This work is a detail of a hand-painted pharmacy sign that depicts pills of varying shapes and colors. Time has caused some of the paint to peel and crack, giving each pill a new surface at odds with the uniformity and sterility of American medicine and pharmaceuticals.More
- Framed: 24.6 x 20.6 x 1.5 in.
- Edition 1 of 1 with 2 AP
- Artist's frame
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