Jeff Gibson: Sarsaparilla to Sorcery Jeff Gibson

ISBN: 9780977978915

Published: August 1st 2008

Hardcover

72 pages


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Jeff Gibson: Sarsaparilla to Sorcery  by  Jeff  Gibson

Jeff Gibson: Sarsaparilla to Sorcery by Jeff Gibson
August 1st 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 72 pages | ISBN: 9780977978915 | 3.37 Mb

In Sarsaparilla to Sorcery, artist and critic Jeff Gibson pairs open-ended, abstract photographic images with pages torn from encyclopedias from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The abstract images--shot with a macro lens, but otherwiseMoreIn Sarsaparilla to Sorcery, artist and critic Jeff Gibson pairs open-ended, abstract photographic images with pages torn from encyclopedias from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The abstract images--shot with a macro lens, but otherwise unmanipulated--depict various light sources and textured surfaces distorted by colored gels. Though none of the elements are recognizable, the images are highly allusive.

By contrast, the appropriated pages present groupings of natural and cultural material and phenomena, whose meanings are comparatively fixed by virtue of their taxonomic organization. With each of the juxtapositions, there is a formal correspondence--in terms of color, composition and/or texture--that sparks a process of mutual inflection: The abstract images take on curiously representational qualities in relation to the adjacent encyclopedia images, while the specificity of the encyclopedia images is somewhat undone by their visual correlation with the abstract images.

The spreads therefore serve as cues to interpretation and its dissolution, bridging the books polarized registers of fixity and fluidity. This book is also intended to serve as homage to abstractions debt to scientific discovery, in particular to the revelations supplied by micro- and macroscopic technologies, photographic processes and clinical psychology.



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