Monday, October 19, 2009

Barbara Crane: Private Views - Public Spaces

Barbara Crane: Private Views - Public Spaces at Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...An in-depth look at a deliciously colored and daringly intimate group of 4 x 5 Polaroid's made between 1980 and 1984. To obtain these, the undaunted artist prowled the lakefront and outdoor festivals seeking to capture and redefine the language of human connection. Faces play their crucial roles but Crane often gives equal or greater weight to the dialogues of other parts of the body - the dance of arms, legs and especially hands with their probing fingers – all conversing with mute eloquence in the public square."


Blogger Bem said...

Between 1986 and 1990, I made approximately 8,000 color, Hasselblad images on the streets of Communist Europe. I purposely avoided dramatic moments and newsworthy events. In a cityscape without commercial seduction, banality seemed to signify everything. At first I was interested in simple pedestrian traffic. Later I doggedly documented store windows. These seemed to signify the real difference between East and West. Without the garish ad campaigns of the West, these streets felt more neutral... devoid of trumped up and pumped up urgency.

David Hlynsky Communist store windows


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