Detroit in Abstract Symmetry

2012 ArtPrize Entry

I call these artworks "Quadragraphs." I create them by merging one carefully composed photograph with three of its reflections, to make a symmetrical, abstract image. While working on this project, I stayed on the 13th floor of the Motor City Hotel and Casino where I could watch the light shift over the skyline. Each day, I set out down Grand River Avenue to walk the city. In total, I walked a spaghetti trail of 22 miles through and around Detroit, following my eyes, not a map or tour book. These Quadragraphs are not social essays. They are abstract portraits. I leave out as much of the natural world as possible, preferably shooting against gray skies, allowing me to focus on the manmade world. The glass, metal, brick, paint and concrete look at us and tell us the story of their home, the city and it’s citizens.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
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  • Medium: Large format prints
  • Width: 18ft
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 4.5 ft

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  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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