Thursday, 26 August 2010
Work from Monolith
Alright, I am going to take a quick stab at this work based purely on how the aesthetic of these pieces fit in the scope of contemporary works. However, this particular aesthetic (similar to the superdutch) has a loose connection to the remainder of Freytag’s work. What I find most compelling about Monolith is use of the photograph as object rather than record. Unlike many digital (or analog) photo-manipulations or abstractions, these pieces have a far less strict connection to a representational reality. There are no real relationships to the objects of representation beyond what we recognize as a rock, albeit a non-monolithic one (this furthers the abstraction and distances the connection to mechanical reproduction). This too, for some reason, inspires me to inspect the work and appreciate how someone who seems to be removed from the particular concerns of the aesthetic of meta-photography can fit so squarely within in at the same time.