Lot 12: Michael Bosworth

The House Has Gone Down and the Lamps Are Out (frames 145-184)
Archival inkjet print
14 x 21 inches
Series: The House Has Gone Down and the Lamps Are Out
Edition 2/25
Signed recto ink
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

BIO: Michael Bosworth received his MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, a BFA in Art and a BA in English from the University at Buffalo. He has participated in The Other New York Biennial (Syracuse, NY), the Beyond/In WNY Biennial (Buffalo, NY), Amid/In WNY (Buffalo, NY), and Echo Contemporary Art Fair (Buffalo, NY). He has exhibited work at galleries such as the Charles Bank Gallery (New York, NY), Sean Kelly Gallery (New York, NY), Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY), Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo, NY), Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY), Big Orbit Gallery (Buffalo, NY), CEPA Gallery (Buffalo, NY), and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY). His Commissioned public art project includes Field Notes (Syracuse, NY), Second Site (Buffalo, NY), A Small Atlantis (Buffalo, NY), and Direction (Buffalo, NY).

STATEMENT: The title The House Has Gone Down and the Lamps Are Out is a variation on the opening lines of James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a collaboration with photographer Walker Evans, which stylistically meditated on dirt poor Southern tenet farmers during the Great Depression. Employing the photographic technique of light-painting to create the imagery, the project is an exploration of cultural symbolism around an abandoned Civil War era plantation house in North Carolina using Agee’s and Evans’ books as a guide.

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