Photographs are inherently a false, mediating and distancing way to experience the world. What is preserved is very limited – only one view from one point – the third dimension of space absent, with sounds, smells and other contexts removed.
We are used to looking through the surface of photographic prints at the illusion of space they create. In the case of Chris Engman´s “Ink on Paper”, the viewer is doing exactly that, and to a heightened degree, while looking at an image of a thing that is doing something very different: the paper within the paper is asserting itself as an object on its own. This is an image that does something images do not usually do. It acknowledges, explicitly, that it is an image. Clever, huh…?
–So if you happen to be in Seattle between now and May 17, make sure to visit Greg Kucera Gallery and Engman´s super cool exhibition.
Ink On Paper
Work In Progress
By: Sigve Aspelund