(American, b. 1974)
Image: 64.8 x 81.3 cm (25 1/2 x 32 in.); Frame: 76.8 x 92.7 cm (30 1/4 x 36 1/2 in.)
L. E. Holden Fund 2020.284
© Aaron Rothman
This image contains multiple views of a mountain pass in the eastern Sierra Nevadas.
Aaron Rothman combines several images, taken years apart, of the same site through Photoshop to evoke a gentle dissonance of time and space. “The pictures are partially about the distancing of memory,” he says. The process of layering grays them out, which evokes a nostalgic feel, but “they also have ominous, digital artificiality that offsets the nostalgia.” There are numerous erasures of parts of the landscape; they anticipate its future loss through climate change or land development.
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