Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jeff Wall, photography in the 21st Century

Note how the blue triangle in upper left corner (Pizza Slice 93 )
pulls together the blues in the sidewalk and otherwise white garments. Moreover, "hanging out" is more atuned to teens than sitting or dancing. This photograph is included in the 2013 exhibition entitled "A Sense of Place" at the Pier 24 Photography Gallery located on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California.

Most of the people in Wall's photos are actors.

Above: Milk - Instantaneous emotion in an every-day setting.

In his 1984 photograph "Milk," Jeff Wall captures a man's beverage in mid-spill. Some of the Vancouver native's photos are as large as 8 feet by 10 feet.

NEW YORK -- The name is as it should be. Jeff Wall's photographs are just that, wall photographs: the pursuit of murals by other means.
       Wall has spoken of his profound regard for cinematic Neorealism, a regard borne out in the mundane subject matter of so many of his pictures. Neorealism is a black-and-white genre, of course, and Wall's affinity for its content clashes with his general reliance on color. There's a rich tension between the near-irresistible appeal of Wall's chromatic palette and the sheer dailiness of a picture like "A view from an apartment." The use of that indefinite article is telling. There's a ravishing particularity in Wall's colors that's often at war with the generic nature of his content. It's a war he may or may not win, but he enjoys waging it.

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