09-27-2017 09-27-2017
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3029B Boston
September 27, 2017 12:00PMCalender

Abelardo Morell (Cuban/American, b. 1948) Camera Obscura Image of Boston View Looking Southeast in Conference Room

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3029B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 27, 2017 12:00PM


Abelardo Morell (Cuban/American, b. 1948)

Camera Obscura Image of Boston View Looking Southeast in Conference Room, 1998. Signed, numbered, titled, and dated "ABELARDO MORELL #17/30..." in pencil on the verso at bottom (visible through an opening in the backing). Gelatin silver print, sight size 17 7/8 x 22 1/4 in. (45.3 x 56.4 cm), framed.
Condition: Not examined out of frame.

N.B. Photographer Abelardo Morell is noted for his series of works made using camera obscura techniques. He describes the process in this way: "In setting up a room…, I cover all windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness. Then, I cut a small hole in the material I use to cover the windows. This opening allows an inverted image of the view outside to flood onto the back walls of the room. Typically then I focused my large-format camera on the incoming image on the wall then make a camera exposure on film… One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside." [1]

[1] http://www.abelardomorell.net/project/camera-obscura/
Estimate $3,000-5,000

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