Thursday, 26 July 2012

Spectral Spectacle






Duane Michals’ photographs are an impression of sky-rocketing supernatural scenarios where his subjects transpire from one plane of existence to another in a never-ending journey. This infinity is mirrored in the images of unravelling galaxies intricately dusted with myriad stars, each one a disembodied spirit demonstrated in a much simplified form. This conjures the question of our relevance to the entity of the universe and the general purpose of our being. The habitual domestic environment of the pilot snapshots is penetrated and metamorphosed by shifting, eerie human forms which are exposed on a multitude of planes. This intrusion engulfs the initial familiar plane, divulging it as merely one of many and unmasking human beings as trivial and inadequate.


Image sources: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/4483192
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2009/nov/04/duane-michals-photographer-or-metaphysician/http://www.condenaststore.com/-sp/Mademoiselle-July-1972-Prints_i8487516_.htmhttp://www.bauhausmusik.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=583
http://wcma.williams.edu/exhibitions/upcoming/