Details:

This work is made from six unique photograms—a photograph made without a camera—with each one beginning as a graphite drawing. The smudged and smeared text looks similar to the residue of chalk writing after it has been wiped away from a blackboard.
Framed: 22.5 x 27.0 x 2.0 in.
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① Artwork:

Ghost Words

This work is made from six unique photograms—a photograph made without a camera by placing an object directly on light-sensitive material. Each photogram began as a graphite drawing. The artist then covered each one in layers of white wax crayon before entering the darkroom. Stettner then used a lengthy process of smudging and smearing the text to create varying points of softness and focus. Through the inverse magic of photography, the result looks similar to the residue of chalk writing after it has been wiped away from a blackboard. Texts from various anthems are written backwards and forwards in the composition, obscuring the original words while drawing new meaning out of them.

Specs:

24 inches
20 inches
with frame
27 inches
22.5 inches

③ Artist:

Luke Stettner

Luke Stettner explores a range of experimental strategies in his photography and sculpture. He uses highly technical processes to create images and juxtaposes them with avant-garde language and concrete poetry. Stettner's work is invested in poetics, employing words to evoke both form and feeling—while still acknowledging that the meaning of any image is made by the viewer.

Luke Stettner:
Ghost Words, 2021
6 unique gelatin silver prints
20.0 × 24.0 inches /