Eleanor Macnair

Sofas, Birds and Knees is my strange journey through photographic
history. I gather image files from the internet like a Magpie, hoarding
them to recreate in play-doh at a future date. Since I began Photographs
Rendered in Play-Doh I have found myself attracted to photographs
containing certain objects, animals or body parts and patterns have
emerged.

I wished to explore this further and the idea for Sofas, Birds
and Knees
evolved. The photographs are grouped not by genre nor maker
nor time-period, but by common and recurring themes. And indeed I am
interested in what is similar in these photographs, and what is different,
and above all - why? It is perhaps, I realised later, a poor man’s version of
Geoff Dyer’s ‘The Ongoing Moment’ - rendered in play-doh.

I am drawn to photographs with subjects sitting on sofas as these tend to
fall into two categories. These sofa pictures either show intimate portraits
of the subjects in their natural environment, deep in introspection, bored
and indulging in mundane activities, or formal portraits where the
photographer has placed the subject on the sofa. I have a simple love of
birds, and the reason why is probably best expressed by American author J.
D. Salinger:

“You are someone who took up birds in the first place because they fired
your imagination; they fascinated you because ‘they seemed of all created
beings the nearest to pure spirit - those little creatures with a normal
temperature of 37°
”.

The knees series was born from the number of comments I get
when I post my works on the internet and viewers comment on the knobbly
knees - time and time again. There is a certain vulnerability in the human
figure, whether it be child or adult, with visible kneecaps. Perhaps we are
all born with the legs of a stork.

The exhibition does not claim to be an authority on sofas, birds and knees in
photographic history - rather a brief and eccentric tour - hopefully tempting
the viewer on to explore further. In fact, there are purposefully only few
knee pictures included, because photographic history, and revisions to the
canon of photographic history, especially in our digital age, is constantly in
flux. My future knee pictures have yet to be written.

This solo show is specially curated with twenty brandnew works to create the
exhibition in Germany for the Wiesbaden based gallery Kleinschmidt Fine
Photographs
in the jubilee of twenty years of contemporary and modern classic
program.

Text: Eleanor Macnair

Sofas, Birds and Knees

Afro Goddess Ex Lovers Friend (2006 by Mickalene Thomas)

Giclée Print 2018

32,9 x 40,6 cm (Blatt)

Auflage 5 + 2 AP

Verso Signatur + Stempel + Datum

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