This work began as a drawing by the artist, which he used to create a set of photograms–photographs made without a camera by placing an object directly on light-sensitive material. The final work is made from two layers. The above letters were created by hand-cutting tracing paper while the layer below was created by burning individual matches onto drawing paper. To create the final image, the artist used an elaborate system in the darkroom that includes multiple layers of plexiglass. Stettner overlapped his carefully-treated source works to create multiple illusions—a shift in focus and a false depth. The resulting image pulls apart a single word into distinct pages, complicating the boundary between seeing and reading through the inverse magic of photography.
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.
This work began as a drawing by the artist, which he used to create a set of photograms–photographs made without a camera. The image pulls apart a single word into distinct pages, exploring the difference between seeing and reading.More
- Framed: 54.0 x 86.0 x 2.0 in.
- Each print is 24 x 18 in. unframed and 26 x 20 x 2 in. framed
- Installation should have each print 2 in. apart
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