“The Antireal and the Real”
The M+B gallery in Los Angeles is showing until April 26, 2014, Cold Wave, a series of photographic work by Hannah Whitaker which addresses issues around truth and knowledge, ofen refers to mathematics and relies on repetitions.
Hannah Whitaker imposes on her medium, photography, a limited set of operations and variables, resulting in repetitive motifs occurring either within a single image or across a series. She may hand cut images to photograph the remaining clippings, layer several photographs on one sheet or use repetitive mechanical processes to deform prints. Despite these altered presentations and gaps in their representation, the often traditional, subjects or her images remain recognizable.
Whitaker’s aesthetic is not only erringly concomitant to current fashion, her approach and the ideas that support it, are very close to the work of a fashion designer creating a collection.
M+B explains: “The resulting work exist in multiple dimensions: the handmade and the technical, the geometric and the photographic, the flat and dimensional, or—in the lexicon of Rosalind Krauss—the antireal and the real.”
Hannah Whitaker graduated with a BA from Yale University in 2002 and a MFA from the International Center of Photography/Bard College, New York in 2006. She previously showed in Paris, New-York and Miami and was nominated for the Discovery Prize at the Rencontres d’Arles in France.