Lot 23: Gerald Mead


Photo (micro) History
2018
Found objects and mixed media
4 x 4 inches
Series: Mining the Archives
Signed recto pencil
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value
$350-$500

BIO: Gerald Mead’s work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Brooklyn Art Library, Castellani Art Museum, and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. His diminutive artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, and China and are published in the photography textbooks Exploring Color Photography and Photographic Possibilities. Mead has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and he is an independent curator and appointed member of the Buffalo Arts Commission. He earned his M.F.A. in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo and currently teaches at SUNY Buffalo State.

My obsessively composed small-scale collage/assemblages combine a range of photographic images with other found materials and are intended to encourage inspection of their complexity and detail. Appropriating (and subverting) images and objects represents my aesthetic choices and creates a dialogue about how strategies of recombination affect the meaning of the individual objects. Created especially for this auction, Photo (micro) History is part of a recent series that utilizes my vast archive of thousands of images, ephemera, found objects and artifacts that I have collected over the years for use in my work. Intended as an homage to the history of photography, this assemblage is composed of fragments of photographic material ranging from a tintype to a 35 mm color film negative.


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