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Marcy Robinson

Steidl, 2004
112 pages
52 colour plates.
ISBN: 3865210341

The title of Marcy Robinson's new book was inspired by a rare half frame camera discovered in a closet during Robinson's teen years. The instrument, originally her father's, uses only half the area of a 35-millimeter frame. Robinson exploits this to establish a unique viewpoint. She freezes the details of everyday scenes using plays on light and proportion that make photos, beds, window shades, traffic cones, chandeliers, paintings, grassy knolls, and trees appear larger than life, yet diminutive and fragile. Robinson makes the ordinary extraordinary: A wooden telephone pole spears a cloudy blue sky. A ghostly rectangle of dirt crosses the sinking black lines of a gutted swimming pool. The face of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz peers out from a lone coffee mug standing before a window of dark iron bars. A tiny dead deer lies across the never-ending yellow lines of a highway. which to gaze on our environment. The result is that neither the small nuances nor the intimate relationships they denote to the artist go unnoticed.


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