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BRUCE CHARLESWORTH

POLAROIDS

PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES

PHOTO-NOVELLAS

 

 

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Unititled 1979, acrylic paint and collage on SX-70

These works were an extension of the artist's student paintings after graduate school, at a time when he had become more interested in photographic ideas.

 

Charlesworth bought a Polaroid SX-70 Alpha camera and began experimenting. His approach to the SX-70 included removing the white alkaline layer and parts of the emulsion from the back of the image and replacing them with acrylic paint and collage elements.

 

Collectively referred to at the time of their creation as 'Domestic Scenes,' these works were made during the same years as the black-and-white photo-novella, Eddie Glove. More abstract and surreal than Eddie Glove and subsequent works, these images were considered by the artist to be transitional works. Many of the SX-70s that comprised the 1980 photo-novella Special Communiqués used the same techniques in a more cinematic way.

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