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Clifford Owens, Photographs with an Audience at On Stellar Rays

Clifford Owens
Photographs with an Audience

Clifford Owens, Photographs with an Audience at On Stellar Rays

Clifford Owens
Photographs with an Audience

Clifford Owens, Photographs with an Audience at On Stellar Rays

Clifford Owens
Photographs with an Audience

Clifford Owens, Photographs with an Audience at On Stellar Rays

Clifford Owens
Photographs with an Audience

Performance

Clifford Owens: Photographs with an Audience

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Clifford Owens is interested in the role photography has played in the documentation of performance art. In Photographs with an Audience, Owens uses performance as subject matter for his photographic works, leading the audience through a series of prescribed interactions and gestures, periodically pausing to capture opportune moments on film. Some photographs are taken in a more direct portrait form, while others document Owens’ directives. The resulting photographs are presented in a series of diptychs, sequences, and other formal arrangements that question the relationship between action and image.

This was the first iteration of Photographs with an Audience; a second took place in North Carolina, Chapel Hill in fall of 2009. Owens intends to continue the project with different audiences as a way of exploring the underlying social tensions and relations within divergent communities.