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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Currently Hanging

posted by on July 29 at 11:15 AM

Isaac Layman’s Asleep 4.5 Minutes (2008), photograph, 40 by 53 1/2 inches

At Lawrimore Project. (Gallery site here.)

All of the “action” in this photograph—a regular old single photograph (not a digital montage) taken with a special camera over a time lapse of 4 and a half minutes—happens on the scalloped edges of the pockets. See them? It’s not a fashion thing. In real life, those edges are straight, not scalloped. They only look like this because of the breathing of the artist, Isaac Layman (another rocking Seattle photographer), during the long exposure time. The regular, rhythmic up and down movement of his torso left its mark on the shape of the pockets. What’s strange is how clear they appear to be, how unblurry and static. At the same time, they bring to mind cartoon movement, like the way characters’ lips undulate when they burp on The Simpsons. I can’t get these shapely little nonexistent things out of my mind.

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OK, but what caused those folds in his pants?

Posted by Fnarf | July 29, 2008 12:41 PM

This show is most excellent. You all should go see it.

Posted by Jen | July 29, 2008 12:45 PM

wouldnt it be easier to buy a shirt w/ scalloped pockets?

Posted by henry o henry | July 29, 2008 1:02 PM

If you have to explain it is it really art?

Posted by DOUG. | July 29, 2008 1:19 PM

(SEATTLE) -- Art critic Jen Graves has a hairless cat named Lawrimore.

Carry on.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 29, 2008 1:31 PM

this makes me hate "art" - rather, it makes me hate things that are really "performance art"


Posted by M | July 29, 2008 1:32 PM

If his nose was blurry, it would have meant he farted and noticed it.

Posted by The CHZA | July 29, 2008 2:32 PM

If you don't have to explain it, it's probably just a chair, or just a fire hydrant, or just a flower.

Posted by Gloria | July 29, 2008 3:06 PM

GAH. This reminds me of the feeling I get from the art "coverage" in the Stranger.

Posted by Asleep | July 30, 2008 12:52 PM

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