Photography Is Magic Commission: Half, 2015


Digital c-print

40.00 x 30.00 in

101.6 x 76.2 cm

Edition of 2

This work is signed.


About The Work

Sara VanDerBeek’s Half is a new work created exclusively for this Aperture commission, representing her current explorations of the material and imaginative properties of the photographic form. VanDerBeek aligns Half to one of the central tenets of Aperture's 2015 publication "Photography Is Magic": that photographs can act as prompts for the creation of magic in the viewer’s imagination, by confusing and misdirecting his or her attention. This work is intentionally created to act as a constant illusion that confounds us by beautifully conflating the physical and imaginary effects of a photograph into a single image. "I am constantly striving for my images to rest somewhere between the actual and the imagined," says the artist. "Many of the formal decisions I make during their capture, and their eventual conclusion through digital and chromogenic printing processes, are attempts to reach a dynamic balance of observation and abstraction. My hope is that the images give the sense that they are of something that can be recognized as belonging to the real world, but also perhaps to the world of dreams, of memory, and of the imagination."

Courtesy of Aperture

About Sara VanDerBeek

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