Sunday, September 09, 2007

Eric Slayton - Portfolio 5: Glass Eyes

Eric Slayton - Portfolio 5: Glass Eyes at Meter Gallery. "...At first glance, the photographs in Eric Slayton’s series, 'Glass Eyes' appear to be nature studies, shots of animals taken in the wilds of Africa or Greenland. But there’s something suspiciously formal about them, a posed quality despite the blurring around the edges that creates the impression of motion. The Walrus Bull from Greenland, for example, looks like an elder statesman, sitting for a portrait. You soon realize that they are photographs of museum dioramas, all from the Museum of Natural History in New York: the gazelle and zebras, the ostrich and falcon are all frozen in time, mid-stride or mid-flight. Slayton is an environmental scientist as well as a photographer, and his background informs this work."


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