Tuesday, April 24, 2012

featured: jenny åkerlund

When I first saw the work of Jenny Åkerlund at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago about a year ago, I was intrigued by the idea of how a copy of a copy further distorts and changes an image, and ultimately the original item itself. That is, until I realized that these pieces were actually drawn reproductions of photocopies, and therefore a copy of a copy of a copy. It would be obvious to discuss how technically beautiful these are, or how the composition of each one is stunning and unique, but I feel the need to do just that. A photocopy tends to be extremely cold and sterile, but the hand-drawn aspect of this brings it back to life, creating depth in an otherwise flat medium.

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