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Soft Landing

Oliver Wasow (American, born 1960)

Date:
1987
Medium:
Dye transfer print
Dimensions:
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.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Collection of the artist
  • Description

    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.

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