Exhibitions/ Art Object

Soft Landing

Oliver Wasow (American, born 1960)
Dye transfer print
Image: 74.9 x 76.2 cm (29 1/2 x 30 in.) Frame: 81.3 x 79.7 cm (32 x 31 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Collection of the artist
Not on view
The stock-in-trade of supermarket tabloids, images of UFOs test the relationship between photography and belief. In Soft Landing, as in his many other images of mysteriously floating disks and orbs, Wasow courts doubt by distorting found images, running them through a battery of processes, including photocopying, drawing, and superimposition. The resulting photographs play with the human propensity to invest form with meaning, offering just enough detail to spur the imagination.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 193, pp. 188, 253.