McAlpine's shaped photographs are unique prints exposed inside pinhole cameras that she fashioned by making casts out of sections of molding from her studio walls. The multiple pinhole openings poked into the camera-object at various points capture a welter of ghostly partial glimpses from around the studio—a jar of soap, lighting fixtures, black blotches where the light hit the paper through the various apertures. While the artist's process may allude to the works of Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, and Rachel Whiteread, her novel explorations of site specificity—of how we come to know a place—and the porous boundaries between abstraction and representation are an important contribution to recent photographic experimentation.
Inscription: Gallery and framer labels affixed to frame backing, BC. See attached images for details.
Elizabeth McAlpine; [Laurel Gitlen, New York]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969," June 25, 2013–January 26, 2014.