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"Meredith Allen: Photographies Recentes
2001-11-24 until 2002-01-12
Good humour comes to mind in the recent c-prints of Meredith Allen. The artists hand holds an ice cream pop character in front of a blurred tranquil landscape for a tempting lick, or perhaps for some comedic puppet play.
Within these novel American portrait/landscape photographs of cartoon faced Popsicles in their eastern Long Island summer environments, the hand + Popsicle + landscape equation manifests a nature/human relationship with an object of grotesque, yet charming, humour between. GoofyNULL No he’s not here, but Bugs Bunny, Pink Panther, Pokemon, one of the Ninja Turtles, Supersonic and an assortment of others are. The moment of meltdown is captured by the camera as globs of once frozen artificial colouring and flavours dribble onto the artist’s hand, distorting the peaceful beauty of the scene behind.
Ambiguously related to the legend of the lady of the lake, her hand surfacing the sword (Excalibur) through the mystical lake, the ice cream pop appears from the bottom of the photo’s picture plane, on its flat wooden stick, held by Allen’s sticky fingers. It is everything but supernatural; but the image of a new mythical world, its setting merged with the plasticity of the highlighted Popsicle itself, with voluminous candy eyes and smeared globs, altogether chemical, makes the entire scene appear as fictitious as a cartoon.
Unfolding in each image are dialogues between reality and fiction, nature and humans, preservation and extinction and memories of those youthful, fantasy driven summer days, eating melting ice cream pops in beautiful nature, before other forces made them disappear.
Maple Avenue (panda), 2001
c-print, édition de 15
36 x 46 cm (14 x 18 inches)