"Slides of a Changing Frame", 2016

Slides of a Changing Frame is a slide projection artist bookwork, in which a continuously looping series of images are projected onto the gallery wall from a vintage Kodak carousel slide projector. The slides depict alternating landscape scenes and a variety of cropped images of text advertisements posted on temporary outdoor light-box signs. I took the pictures on my daily commute between Dallas, where I live, and Denton, where I teach photography at the University of North Texas. As viewers watch the randomly oriented images appear and change, they can sit on brightly painted folding chairs and listen to a cassette recording of Prudence Johnson performing the Greg Brown song Who Woulda Thunk It? They can imagine themselves driving alone, listening to music on the radio, breathing the air from the open window, looking at the passing rural and small town scenery, and like me, being lost in thought about changes wrought by the passage of time. The projector rests atop a pile of books from my collection of exhibition catalogs, which in turn rest on a metal table from Ikea. On top of the totem-like sculpture is a metal candelabrum that echoes the shape of the table and the colors in the projected imagery.

Since 1992 I have been making art that addresses the ontology of photography as I seek an answer to the question: What is a photograph? At the same time I am exploring ideas regarding the presentation and viewing of photographs and art in general – the frame, the plinth, the vitrine, the archive, and the artist bookwork. My work is usually based on a narrative through which I explore personal, psychological, and political issues. The title Slides of a Changing Frame pays homage to the 1982 slide projection piece by Robert Gober titled Slides of a Changing Painting.





"Slides of a Changing Frame", 2016
Medium: chairs, vintage slide projector, sound, book, candelabrum
Dimensions: variable




"Slides of a Changing Frame", 2016 (detail)
Medium: projected slide
Projected Image Dimensions: variable




"Slides of a Changing Frame", 2016 (detail)
Medium: projected slide
Projected Image Dimensions: variable




"Slides of a Changing Frame", 2016 (detail)
Medium: projected slide
Projected Image Dimensions: variable




"Slides of a Changing Frame", 2016 (detail)
Medium: projected slide
Projected Image Dimensions: variable



"Slides of a Changing Frame", 2016 (detail)
Medium: projected slide
Projected Image Dimensions: variable



"Slides of a Changing Frame", 2016 (detail)
Medium: books, vintage slide projector, slide carousel, painted metal candelabrum
Size: approximately 18´W x 12´´D x 20´´H


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