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Teeny Tiny Woman Shapes Character Of Illuminated Things On MCA Plaza

"Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based artist Amanda Ross-Ho premieres her first major public art project, The Character And Shape Of Illuminated Things, on the plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago this summer," ArtDaily reports.

"Ross-Ho transforms the museum's plaza into an open air photo studio, with larger-than-life still-life models that the public are invited to engage with and photograph.

"The title of the exhibition is adapted from a 1980 photography handbook, How to Control and Use Photographic Lighting. In the manual, the author illustrates how different lighting affects three still-life objects - a cube, a sphere, and a female mannequin's head, all painted muted gray.

"Inspired by this fundamental lesson, Ross-Ho re-creates this trio of objects on a monolithic scale, faithful to the original image, with the mannequin head reaching 25-feet high.

"Completing the installation is a large-scale sculptural rendering of a color calibration card - the color grid that is used to maintain accuracy in the printing and post-production of color photography.

"By including this card, Ross-Ho consciously disrupts the gray composition.

"The visual experience of this site-specific installation changes over the course of the day as it responds to the path of the sun - which is the evershifting light source for this enormous still life."


From the MCA:

"Updating Joseph Beuys's famous declaration that 'Everyone is an artist,' Ross-Ho suggests more specifically that today everyone is a photographer, as the ubiquity and speed of digital photography shapes the way we view and experience the world.

"In Ross-Ho's hands, the plaza is transformed into an enormous photo studio, with objects on display for the purpose of being photographed by the public, while the sun serves as a shifting source of light, affecting both our perception of how the objects look in real life and how they appear in our photographs."


Amanda Ross-Ho elsewhere:

Interview with Bomb magazine.


Whitney Biennial 2008 bio.


Teeny Tiny Woman at the MOCA Pacific Design Center.


Photography at MOMA.


At MCA Chicago in 2010.


Comments welcome.


Posted on July 24, 2013

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