untitled (lawnparty)

untitled (lawn party) 27 1/2" x 15 3/4", photographic prints, acrylic sleeves, double-sided foam tape - Bill Schwarz, May17th 2005

- bill 5-18-2005 7:09 pm

- selma 5-18-2005 7:19 pm [add a comment]

these images were found on e.bay and were luckily bought as a lot of 21 3 1/2 x 5" deckle edged photographic prints. the seller's original scans are posted here. i broke them into two groups, vertical and horizontally framed images, then placed them in a general chronological order and then tweaked the arangement for formal and conceptual interest. the surrogate guide might be the androgynous girl with the short hair who appears in the second, third and fourth images (starting from the top left and moving right) and reappears throughout the series with equal measures of distance and engagement to the proceedings. the images move left to right from properly reading vertical images to the inverted but formally correct to the grid horizontally framed images that half negate (or at least seriously interrupt) the complete narrative. the transformation happens at approximately the halfway mark reflecting a serious downturn as the events of the day erode into disorder. that social dysfunction also works against the formal visual order picked up in the camera (by the photographer) of the landscape. in particular, the painted rock borders of the lawn and the simple geometric elegance of the camp's architecture.

- bill 5-18-2005 7:39 pm [add a comment]

thanks selma. also, my comment above is not a prescribed reading. its really up to the viewer to work with what ever information they can glean, but some people need help with my work. its just some reflections on my process of building the piece once the photos showed up in the mail. also the seller was based in portland or but couldnt provide any addl info on the exact origin of the images.

- bill 5-18-2005 8:11 pm [add a comment]

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