Lot 38: Beth Yarnelle Edwards


Friedo
2016
C print on Fuji crystal archive paper
18 x 14 inches
Series: Created as a commission for the Noorderlicht Photography Festival in the Netherlands. The project, exhibition, and book are called Wall House #2: Thought Provoking, Sense Provoking
Edition 6/25
Signed verso ink
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value
$1,000-$1,500

BIO: Since 1997 San Francisco-based photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards has been photographing people in their homes. Beginning in the Silicon Valley suburbs, she has also worked by invitation in five European countries. Her photographs have been exhibited and published extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and she has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Chateau d’Eau inToulouse, France; the Museé de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium; The Oakland Museum of California; and the Reykjavik Museum of Photography in Iceland. The winner of CENTER’s 1999 Photography Project Competition, Edwards’ work can be found in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and many other European and American institutions. Edward’s first monograph, Suburban Dreams, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011. She is represented by Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, and Galerie f5,6 in Munich, Germany. Edwards received her MFA from San Jose State University in 1998.

STATEMENT: This piece was created as a commission for the Noorderlicht Photography Festival. Eight international photographers were invited to live alone and photograph inside or around Wall House #2, an eccentric, conceptual residence in the Netherlands, which was designed by the American architect and architectural theoretician John Hejduk. The project resulted in an exhibition and book titled, Wall House #2: Thought Provoking, Sense Provoking. I lived in Wall House #2 for two weeks during the spring of 2006. My contribution was to populate the house, where no one actually lived, with characters and their stories. To this end, I auditioned everyone who was interested in being photographed. Volunteers came from the festival as well as from the neighborhood surrounding the house. I was able to include all who were interested. Four-year-old Friedo lived next door but had never entered the building. He was delighted to ride his scooter up and down the impossibly long hallway and didn’t want to stop when it was time for the next photo.


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