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Buzzard

Erica Baum (American, born New York, 1961)

Date:
2009
Medium:
Inkjet print
Dimensions:
Image: 22.9 x 22.9 cm (9 x 9 in.) Sheet: 55.9 x 43.2 cm (22 x 17 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Marian and James H. Cohen Gift, in memory of their son, Michael Harrison Cohen, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.306
Rights and Reproduction:
© Erica Baum
  • Description

    Baum uses books and language as objects to be manipulated and transformed through photography. In Buzzard two disparate sections of text are brought into a chance alignment that can be read in multiple directions. They also fit into the modernist tradition of concrete poetry (examples include Stephane Mallarmé's A Throw of the Dice and the “cut-up” technique of William Burroughs and Bryon Gysin), with the play of verbal and visual signs becoming the raw material of the work of art that is a carefully calibrated mix of chance and intention. The act of scavenging that the title suggests is also purposefully ambiguous, referring not only to the artist's picking over of a dying world but also to the rapacious way in which a rapidly advancing digital culture colonizes how we process information and perceive reality.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [no inscriptions or annotations]

  • Provenance

    Erica Baum; [Bureau, New York]

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