The Edge of Vision Interview Series: Jack Sal and Lyle Rexer
Coinciding with the exhibition now on view at Aperture Gallery, The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, this is the second post of a weekly series of interviews on the Aperture blog for the duration of the show. The exhibition has now been extended to be on view through Thursday, July 16.
In the first video clip, conceptual artist Jack Sal speaks about his piece Sale/Sala (Salt/Room) while you watch him installing it. Inspired by the early days of photography, Sal uses the basic language of the medium in a minimalist and physical way, the mark of salt, steel and light on photographic paper, “making a three dimensional space out of a two dimensional idea, as if you were turning your camera inside out.” The picture is then constantly being made throughout the time of the exhibition.
In this second video of curator Lyle Rexer, he explains how photography is not necessarily based on our memories, recording particular moments as one often assumes but “most photographs, when they are taken, look forward in time or…there are many photographs that when they are excised from their particular moment, actually have no time.” The images Rexer selected for this exhibition highlight this aspect and question our essential way of looking at other photographs and at reality in general.
Stay tuned next Thursday for video clips of Penelope Umbrico and Bill Armstrong.