Effigy of the Unmarked but Persistent Passing of Time, 2007, from the series Somewhere in Middle America, 2007 - Colin Blakely

About the Work

About Effigy of the Unmarked but Persistent Passing of Time, 2007, from the series Somewhere in Middle America

"In the most basic sense, this project is about the 400 and 500 blocks of Keech Avenue, an examination of my immediate surroundings. Bordered on one side by Michigan Stadium and by Almendinger Park on the other, both entities play ...

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"In the most basic sense, this project is about the 400 and 500 blocks of Keech Avenue, an examination of my immediate surroundings. Bordered on one side by Michigan Stadium and by Almendinger Park on the other, both entities play an important role in the identity of the neighborhood. We have literally thousands of visitors to our street every year. My photographs depict this street and the people that inhabit it—both the ones that live here and the ones that visit. Yet their interest lies not in this specificity so much as the general familiarity they convey. Overall, the work tells the story of a community that is holding on to a familiar, yet vanishing way of life. It is about a group of people living quite literally in Middle America—geographically, economically, politically—at a time when our notions concerning what this means are quickly changing. Here, the passing of time is defined as much by the rituals we collectively participate in as by the months on a calendar. This work is a celebration of and possibly a eulogy to this way of life."

Artist Statement courtesy of Aperture Foundation

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About the Artist

About Colin Blakely

Colin Blakely is known for his vernacular snapshots of everyday life. His series of photographs Somewhere in Middle America depicts the quotidian surroundings of his ...Read More
Colin Blakely is known for his vernacular snapshots of everyday life. His series of photographs Somewhere in Middle America depicts the quotidian surroundings of his hometown in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "So much of photography deals with the exotic, the other," Blakely has said: "I set out to find the beauty and intrigue inherent in the familiar." His sparse black-and-white photographs of neighborhood dogs, idling teenagers, suburban homes decked out in Halloween regalia, community parks, and baseball diamonds unsentimentally depict an iconic yet quickly vanishing notion of American life.

Blakely's exhibitions include a solo show at the Colorado Center for Photographic Arts in Denver (2000) and group shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA (2007), the Pingyao International Photography Exhibition (2004), and the Albuquerque Museum of Art (2000). In 2008, he was shortlisted for Aperture's Portfolio Prize.
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Effigy of the Unmarked but Persistent Passing of Time, 2007, from the series Somewhere in Middle America, 2007

Colin Blakely

Photograph
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11.00" x 14.00" $250
Edition of 25

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Archival pigment ink print

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The quoted dimensions are for the paper size. The actual image size is 10'' x 12.5''.

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