Whiteness, 1987

White has the appeal of the nothingness that is before birth….– Wassily Kandinsky


While working on the White Compositions, I became interested in distilling their composite forms into one indivisible image. The resulting series, Whiteness, consists of the same U-shaped form throughout, accompanied by a sense of spatial ambiguity: sometimes the image seems to recede slightly in space, sometimes to come forward. In this series, I have virtually eliminated elements traditionally considered ‘essential’ to photographs – detail, focus, subject, tonal range, composition – with the intention of creating an immaterial, magnetic presence.


12 gelatin silver prints, 20 x 24 inches, each image printed in separate edition of 2 to 10 prints; archival inkjet pigment edition printed 2010, sizes vary from 31 x 46 inches to 34 x 46 inches, edition of 12 plus 2 artist’s proofs

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