Saturday, August 25, 2012

The stars stop moving, but the earth still turns


Marinai, 2012
Franco Marinai continues his epic program of deconstructing our ideas of time and its portrayal that he first showed us in March of this year with his groundbreaking work in color chrono-photographyHe is closing in on his goal of isolating the fixed point of time, its fulcrum.  By scaling back to a black-and-white representation, his current strategy, he is able to abstract motion and therefore time yet further, reducing it to what amounts to a spare, defining beauty of pure marks and markers.  It doesn’t help to know that underlying these are trivial or prosaic acts like walking, climbing steps, eating, biking.  Forget that he uses a medium format camera modified with the addition of a variable speed motor.  Forget even that he uses a camera at all.  These marks are gestures for both the unraveling of time, and for its concentration.  They are black holes, and like all black holes they command our acute attention.   

Marinai, 2012
Marinai, 2012
Marinai, 2012





Marinai, 2012
Franco is in the process of collecting these images, numbering almost 100, into a limited-edition book of photogravures for which he will undertake the monumental task of printing himself from copper plates in his Manhattan studio. It will be entitled The Motion of the Wheel and Other Spins.  Those interested may contact him directly at www.marinai.com for further details.








3 comments:

  1. Very beautiful work. Thanks for posting this, Doug.
    Norm Sarachek

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    1. Franco's work, his photogravures, are something to behold - they repay a close in-person examination. Will this get you up to NY, Norm?

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    2. Due for a visit, Doug. Working on new additions to the "After Fukushima: Memory of Nature" Chemigram series - a social commentary without a camera is the intent. Around early - mid September?

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