Hunter, Tom (1997) Persons unknown. [Art/Design Item]
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
Here, the eponymous ones are everyday folk. Frozen in stasis, and caught in seemingly private moments, they are strangely familiar to us despite the emphasis to the contrary suggested by the title. These images have an immediacy which resonates with our universal experience -e.g. discernible feelings of isolation, of insignificance; anxieties and desires.
Often these subjects are pictured by a window. As evidenced by Friedrich's fascination with window-as-motif (which later influenced Rothko) a window in art is often a symbolic entry/closure to/from the vastness of the Cosmos. In other words, it's a peephole through which one may sense 'the sublime': the odd, simultaneous, twin sensation of insignificance when one acknowledges the vastness of nature coupled with the realisation that one is still part of this universe. Of course, these subjects are used to the sensation of insignificance in a world which doesn't care; which requires certain rules are followed, whether it be submission to an eviction order, or numerous other points which are tantamount to 'taking part' on 'official' terms alone.
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||window, private, insignificance, squatting, community, painting,|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Communication|
|Copyright Holders:||Tom Hunter|
|Related Exhibitions:||M.A.C. Gallery, Birmingham 1998, Alba Gallery Cafe, London 1997, Holly Street Public Arts Trust Gallery, London 1997|
|Projects or Series:||Persons Unknown Series|
|Date Deposited:||23 Jul 2008 14:59|
|Last Modified:||26 Sep 2011 12:45|
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