Lines of Flight/Lineage
Deluze and Guattari are very popular right now (at least in the art circles here) as is the concept of a “line of flight.” SO, I’m going to trace a cool line of flight…backwards sort of.
I saw an exhibition of Sally Mann’s work at the national library in Copenhagen. I was struck most (as many people are) by her photographs of her family. In photography it can be harder for a viewer to find a point of contact to understand a picture, but Mann photographed her family at her home, which is a concept that is both historically rooted in vernacular photography and relatable for most people. It was the first time that I really liked a photograph in a critical and art historical way.
I worked on early prep work for an exhibition of David Maisel’s arial photography. He photographs landscapes in vibrant color from above in a way that lends easily to a discussion of abstract forms and color fields rooted in reality. The photos are beautiful on an aesthetic level, but challenging because usually the subject matter is an environmental atrocity.
I went to a lecture by photographer Emmet Gowin, who was a teacher to both Mann and Maisel. His early work was all of his family, and in his later work he pioneered the process of arial photography at Mount Saint Helens and throughout the West, documenting the environmental impact of geological events and mining.
Sally Mann Candy Cigarette, 1985
David Maisel Terminal Mirage #262-3, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 2003
Emmet Gowin Nancy, 1965
Emmet Gowin Drainage Ditches in a Low Agricultural Field, Savannah River Nuclear Site, SC, 1992