title: Resemblance
year: 2002
series: n/a
Body of Work: “For Instance Tomorrow”
medium: Epson 2000P print under plexiglass in white wood frame.
size: 12 3/4”h x 17”w
edition size: 2 / 2AP
collections: 1/1 TBD
availability:  1 and 2 AP

artist brief:

“Resemblance” is a photo of my colleague Monika.  Portraiture, previously a photo practice I resisted, became interesting to me when I realized my subject’s “wandering eye” would complicate a viewer’s relationship to her as the subject of a portrait since the direction of her gaze bifurcates.  A combination of lighting, and cropping further “breaks up” the image.

Regarding the body of work:

“For Instance Tomorrow” brings to mind a specificity, and a simultaneous deferring.  The photographs look at quotidian subjects: a wall socket/plug, a helicopter overhead, a domestic cat on a field of grass, a friend’s face… But awkward perspective, distracting detail, nuance light, and in one case subtle alteration allow the images to appear at once ordinarily pleasant and subtly unnatural or unsettling. Here, the simple subjects take on an almost inadvertent complexity, exemplifying an ongoing interest in how vision can resist clarity, even when one is looking at ordinary things.

Kevin Hanley All rights reserved.  Reproduction by permission of artist only.