Private Enemy, Public Eye: The Work of Bruce Charlesworth

Private Enemy, Public Eye: The Work of Bruce Charlesworth

by Bruce Charlesworth
     
 

Private EnemyPublic Eye. The Work of Bruce Charlesworth. Edited by Trudy Stack and Charles Stainback. Essay by Bharles Hagen. Bruce Charlesworth's work lends a surreal edge to an otherwise absurdly ordinary world. His color photographs stage dreamlike scenes, Marlowesque yet black in humor. Several works of short fiction accompany Charlesworth's photographic… See more details below

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Private EnemyPublic Eye. The Work of Bruce Charlesworth. Edited by Trudy Stack and Charles Stainback. Essay by Bharles Hagen. Bruce Charlesworth's work lends a surreal edge to an otherwise absurdly ordinary world. His color photographs stage dreamlike scenes, Marlowesque yet black in humor. Several works of short fiction accompany Charlesworth's photographic narratives. 96 pages, 8 X 8, 40 color, 40 blackandwhite duotone and 25 blackandwhite photographs; Hardcover. , A New Images Book

"Charlesworth's photographs render commonplace objects generic in intensely bright colors, transporting the viewer into a hyperreal realm, where a dark tornado gathers a tremendous force over a tiny house, and where a volcano takes on reflected reality in a man's eyeglasses."

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Charlesworth conveys a disorienting vision of the banalities and horrors of everyday life in his offbeat art, mixing mediums of videos, film, ``photo-novellas,'' installations, theater pieces, short fiction. His mini-stories, combining absurdist elements with the borrowed conventions of detective fiction and mass media, are punctuated by sudden catastrophes and springboard leaps into other stories. ``Franz Kafka meets Rodney Dangerfield'' is how Hagen, former Artforum editor, accurately describes the genre-splicer's eerie universe. Charlesworth's photographs render commonplace objects generic in intensely bright colors, transporting the viewer into a hyperreal realm, where a dark tornado gathers tremendous force over a tiny house, and where a volcano takes on reflected reality in a man's eyeglasses. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893813376
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
09/01/1989
Series:
New Images Book Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.59(d)

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