Feb 26, 2008

Untitled Triptych 195-190-188, 1994

Untitled Triptych 195-190-188, 1994


Carl Chiarenza

(American, b. 1935)

Gelatin silver print, selenium toned

Image: 48.1 x 111 cm (18 15/16 x 43 11/16 in.); Paper: 50.3 x 114.2 cm (19 13/16 x 44 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1997.136



Chiarenza does not depend on recognizable forms to guide perception. His compositions of torn scraps of materials, such as paper and foil, incorporate a fascinating interplay of light, shape, and texture that strongly suggest landscapes. Chiarenza photo-graphed the abstract patterns on black and white Polaroid film, which he manipulated during development by altering light exposure, chemicals, temperature, and toners.

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