Thursday, October 16, 2008

Favourite Things Series: Jeff Wall - Insomnia

One of my favourite pictures from Jeff Wall. Jeff Wall is a Canadian photographer best known for his large-scale back-lit cibachrome photographs and art-historical writing.
Insomnia (1994)


"The set for this work is an exact replica of the kitchen in Wall’s studio. The man seemingly suffering from a nightmarish episode of insomnia is an actor. The claustrophobic atmosphere is emphasised by the awkward positioning of the furniture – tables and chairs are placed at angles that defeat their function, and appear to block the fridge and cooker from opening. The door and cupboard, half ajar, could be read as metaphors for the mind, in its struggle to find an escape into sleep." from
Tate Online.
Also a link to an article about Jeff Wall by Tom Eccles from Art in America.

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