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September 27, 2013 8:04 pm
The Piazzetta San Marco in Venice is projected across the walls and furnishings of an office space overlooking the square. Employing the alchemy of optics, the exterior is married with the interior, and an image of visual surprise and wonder reminiscent of a renaissance painting is created.
The photograph above was taken by Abelardo Morell, a Cuban-born professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It was created by turning the entire room into a camera obscura, a technique he discovered in 1991 when experimenting at home in Quincey, a Boston suburb. The windows are blocked off, and a tiny pin hole is pierced in the black plastic covering. Over a period of 8 hours the interior is captured on a large format negative. Finally printed mural size, the images are self reflexive, exploring the mechanics of the medium used to create them.
Part of an exhibition organised by the Art Institute of Chicago, it will be shown along with 100 other works by Morell spanning from 1986 to the present day, in a retrospective show “Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door”, at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, October 1 - January 5, before moving to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta on February 22.
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