Ben Buswell @ Upfor
Horizon No. 7, 2014
embellished Lambda prints and frame, 32 x 31 x 4 inches (frame 21 x 31 x 2 inches) via
Buswell was one of the artists represented by Upfor Gallery at the Paris Photo Los Angeles this month. But if this work is photography, it’s photography deconstructed, the seams wrenched open and exposed. It brings to mind Susan Sontag, who once grumpily cautioned:
“Despite the presumption of veracity that gives all photographs authority, interest, seductiveness, the work that photographers do is no generic exception to the usually shady commerce between art and truth."
In the case of Buswell’s works, that authority of the photographic lens is disrupted. The artist’s hand is ever present, the manipulation so tactile it cannot be ignored. As an audience member, I am reminded again and again of the physical “thingness” of them, of both their fragility and endurance under stress. While still unmistakably using the materials of photography, they do less to capture a moment in time and instead record the passage of time on the print itself.
The Same River (Celilo) (polyptych, detail), 2015
embellished Lambda prints and frames, each 18 x 12 x 4 inches via
The closing reception for No One Above or Below is tonight, Thursday May 7 at Upfor gallery and the Artist will being giving a talk on Saturday May 9th at 11AM. http://www.upforgallery.com/buswell-no-one-above-or-below
For more information about Ben Buswell you can visit his website here: http://www.benbuswell.com