Gregory Crewdson: 1985-2005

Gregory Crewdson: 1985-2005
Library Shelf Location 18.CREW
Publication Date Nov 2005
Description Gregory Crewdson's photographic series capture a particularly American state of normalcy--in dissolution. The viewer, at first seduced by what appears to be an idyllic scene, soon discovers subtle off-kilter elements more akin to Film Noir than an NBC comedy. In a work from his Twilight series, yellow school buses are parked outside white wooden houses, and students stand and lounge around in seeming passivity. Something is happening--what, we don't know. The vision is familiar yet unfamiliar, seemingly benign yet threatening. Crewdson goes to great lengths in dramatizing his disturbing suburban scenes, employing elaborate lighting, cranes, props, and extras, espousing a level of behind-the-scenes preparation more akin to the making of a Hollywood movie than the making of a still image. Here perhaps is one place to locate the eerie unreality and narrativity of his pictures, the creepy attention to detail so out of place, in the ordinary settings he evokes. Middle-class reality meets the other side of the normal here--by way of Sigmund Freud. I'm very struck by the still image, and I'm interested in the limitations of a photograph in terms of its narrative capacity to have an image that's frozen in time, and there's no before or after. -- Gregory Crewdson
ISBN 377571622X
Quantity 1
Pages 248
Editor Stephan Berg
Authors Stephan Berg, Katy Siegel, Martin Hochleitner
Format Hardcover
Publisher Hatje Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart and Berlin
Related Artist Gregory Crewdson
Categories Photography, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keyword Narrative
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Languages German, English

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