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The Lying Gun and The Love Doll

The Lying Gun and The Love Doll

Laurie Simmons.  I remember watching a documentary done by PBS’s Art 21 about Laurie Simmons and her work years ago.  It stuck with me but I had never looked into it more deeply until I saw an article in the resurfacing 12/10/12 New Yorker written by Calvin Tomkins surveying her life and work (just looked up Calvin Tomkins and holy moly does this guy have an impressive list of names on his wikipedia page).

Photos of people in their homes at night.

Untitled No. 50
Pasadena, CA 1995
Digital Chromogenic Print 38 x 46.5"


Michele Iverson takes photos of people in their homes at night.  They don't know she is there and they never do.

Untitled No. 59
Pasadena, CA 1995
Gelatin Silver Print 38 x 46.5"

Michele Iverson knows that what she is doing is perverse and intrusive.  This excites her. Her excitement makes her uncomfortable.  She is interested in this discomfort.

Untitled No. 62
Pasadena, CA 1995
Digital Chromogenic Pring 38 x 46.5"

Iverson says that she would not want photos like this taken of her.  However, she quickly follows that statement with the acknowledgment that if photos like this were to be taken of her, it would be her own fault for not closing the curtains.

Untitled No. 63
Pasadena, CA 1996
Lightjet C Print 40 x 48"

Have you ever looked in through somebody's window at night?  Even just from a car window driving by?  I have.  I wonder sometimes about what color people paint their walls or how they set up their furniture.  I've never really SEEN anything though.  Maybe if I hung around for a while, I might.

Untitled No. 66
Pasadena, CA 1996
Lightjet C Pring 38 x 46"

Follow this link to the website for the Third Coast International Audio Festival and listen to what Michele Iverson has to say about her work.

Follow this link to see Iverson's website where you will find more photos from the "Night Surveillance Series."