Below are images of artwork that have inspired me in some way. All images are scanned from the book Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph 1960-1980 by Charles Desmarais, copyright 1992. The book and exhibition focused on artists who used the photograph to question truth. Each artist brings their unique expression to the idea of truth and fiction in our trace of history using photography.
“nohJ”, William Wegman, 1970
I love this piece for its simplicity. A photograph printed backwards to question reality.
Untitled, Susan Haller, 1972
I also love the simplicity of this one. It is a wonderful comment on the evidence of trace left behind.
A Cubic Foot of Photographs, George Blakely, 1978
Accumulative memory neatly stacked and organized. I’m not sure of the artist’s intention with this sculpture, but if reminds me of our need to organize in a non-linear way. It’s as if we are collecting evidence of our existence so we can prove that we were here.