(American, b. 1940)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 13.2 x 19.3 cm (5 3/16 x 7 5/8 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.6 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.); Mounted: 35.5 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2021.139
Shawn Walker was born, raised, and still lives in Harlem.
This surreal scene is likely one that the artist encountered in Harlem. Do these beds, side by side beneath a bright roof-shaped triangle, represent a romantic union? A perilously exposed home with no walls or structure? Or a fragile moment of rest, love, and comfort amid a distressing urban environment? Walker’s image is balanced yet unsettling in its suggestions of vulnerability and exposure.
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