The exhibition is activated first by “First Picture with New Camera” (2013), a coolly titled work that clicks the shutter of the viewer’s brain as they begin their roam through the gallery. An amalgamation of purple hues is piled one on top of another, interrupted by cross-stitched hinges and squiggly white gusts and skids of paint. Could this have once been a California sunset, a New York cityscape, or a family photograph? The original image remains unknown, but orange stitching in the lower righthand corner offers the date of 08/12/2013. This marking sends the viewer into their own mental calendar, searching for something significant pertaining to that date. Most likely, nothing pops up, and the date blends back into every other long, hot, and sweaty August day.
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