4/23/10

One Hour Photo

One of my photographs will be included in the upcoming exhibition One Hour Photo at the American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC (you can find directions here). The show runs from May 8th to June 6th with a unique premise:

"One Hour Photo distills the photograph to the ultimate limited edition: 60 minutes. Photographic works will be projected for one hour each, after which they will never be seen again, by anyone, in any form. Each work will exist only in the limited moments of perception, in the individual and collective experience, then memory, of the observers.

One Hour Photo complicates the myth of photography as preservation, manifests the tension between the permanence of the medium and the impermanence of time, and subverts the profit model of the edition and the print.

Documentation of the experience will consist of signed release forms: each participating artist will pledge never to reproduce, display, or sell the piece they've include in the exhibition."

Created by Adam Good and curated with Chajana denHarder and Chandi Kelley, the exhibition brings together 128 artists including Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Tim Davis, Edith Maybin, Ahndraya Parlato, Brian Ulrich, Hee Jin Kang, Gregory Halpern, Nigel Shafran, Lucas Blalock, Jason Lazarus, Shane Lavalette, Penelope Umbrico, Clayton Cotterell, Matthew Gamber, Ann Woo, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, and many others.

Each artist was required to sign a release form stating that the images will never be viewed except in the one hour time slot, meaning that the projection is the only opportunity to see the photographs. I must admit it was difficult to turn over one of my pictures knowing that it will vanish into the ether. For me it became an exercise in the ability to let go--an interesting meditation on transience and impermanence, which seems fitting for my work.

My photograph will be on view from 2:00-3:00pm on Wednesday, May 26th.

View the full schedule here.

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