Untitled (The Eye’s Mind), 30 x 24 inches, Chromogenic Print, 2013 © Liz Sales.The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present The Eye’s Mind a site-specific exhibition of handcrafted cameras, color photographs, and a publication of loose materials by artist Liz Sales. The exhibition begins with an Art in the Windows installation showcasing a collection of hand-crafted film cameras made by the artist, each housing a crystal ball which doubles as that camera’s lens.
These sculptural objects (Liz Sales’ curio cameras) are the image-capturing devices used to create the photographic prints orbiting the walls in the Picture Collection. The optical aberrations challenge our assumption that the camera is a means to representational clarity and remind us that a photograph, which exists outside of our own experience of space and time, is similar to what it depicts, but not the same, and has its own laws and reason.
This Folder May Contain Clippings and Other Ephemeral Material..., 2012 © Liz Sales.Also included in this exhibition is This Folder May Contain Clippings and Other Ephemeral Material... a publication of loose materials displayed on the large Board in the Picture Collection. Each edition of this publication includes a unique combination of reproductions of loose material such as magazine and newspaper clippings, postcards, and pamphlets. These items were found in various ephemera collections in and around New York City, including The New York Public Library’s Picture Collection, each filed under the subject heading “Camera.” This publication is both a record of the research that led Liz Sales to generate the work for the exhibition, The Eye’s Mind, and a unique piece of art in its own right.
Internationally renowned photographer Adam Fuss joins Liz Sales for An Artist Dialogue series event, on Tuesday October 8 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Corner Room.
Photo Walls in Picture Collection exhibition series is curated by Arezoo Moseni.
Untitled (The Eye’s Mind), 30 x 24 inches, Chromogenic Print, 2013 © Liz Sales.Artist Statement
Liz Sales’ circumvention of customary photographic imaging comes from her desire to challenge her own, largely unconscious, practice of looking, and along with it, the viewers’. The apparatuses and images that comprise The Eye’s Mind, an exhibition created for the Mid-Manhattan Library, play with the assumption that photography is a medium for recreating sight.
Sales’ practice of reinventing the camera and, as a result, adhering to alternate criteria, forces her to pre-visualize her photographs within new confines. Consequently, Sales creates work through a labor-intensive process akin to nineteenth-century photographic traditions, reminding the viewer that photography, which has become a natural part of life, was once an experimental field with no set standards.
Untitled (The Eye’s Mind), 30 x 24 inches, Chromogenic Print, 2013 © Liz Sales.Liz Sales is an artist, writer, and educator with a BA from the Evergreen State College and an MFA from the ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies, with an ICP Director’s Fellowship. Her background as a motion picture camera technician endorses her work, which deals primarily with the relationship between technology and perception. In collaboration with Genevieve Yue, she is a recent recipient of a Triple Canopy commission to respond to the Theater of the Universe, an eighteenth-century camera obscura within a book that uncovers hidden relationships between archaic optical devices, the bounds of human knowledge, and our own build-it-yourself universes. She is a contributing editor at Conveyor Magazine and will be producing and co-hosting the upcoming Conveyor Podcast. She lives and works in New York City.