Annette Weintraub Projects

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Image Series

Interstitial (2022)

Virtual still life series. Giclée prints, 19.5 x 15.5 inches.

Interstital is the fourth series of virtual still life images that developed out of the Myrtle Walks moving panoramas in the Contested Spaces series. This series explores the interspatial relationships that form in the interstices of familiar, humble objects set in a virtual deep space. Like actual interstitial places, in which adjacent and economically marginal urban neighborhoods create a collision of lived environments, these virtual spaces are a stage for enacting narratives about attachment to inanimate objects, and the sinister undercurrent or implied threat conveyed by these inert things, as well as the larger story of the practice of over consumption and waste and its effects on the environment.

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Interstitial: proximity
Interstitial: interconnected

 


Neon Nocturne (2022)

Virtual still life series. Giclée prints, 29 x 15.5 inches.

Neon Nocturne is the third series of virtual still life images that developed out of the Myrtle Walks moving panoramas. This series of images explores the iconic and sculptural qualities of various utilitarian household, studio and workplace objects defined by artificial light and color, deliberately confusing local color and color created through illumination. Employing 3D models amplifies the generic quality and inherent sculptural form of the familiar object, emphasizing abstract form. Neon Nocturne continues my exploration of two-dimensional representation, using light and shadow, 3D models and photographic images create a topography of mass-produced, disposable culture.

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Neon Nocturne: visible light
Neon Nocturne: light temperature
Neon Nocturne: low beams

 


Short Takes (2021)

Virtual still life series. Giclée prints, 29 x 15.5 inches.

Short Takes is a series of virtual still life images that developed out of the Myrtle Walks moving panoramas series. The discarded objects I noticed on my walks and incorporated in the panorama series led me to think broadly about the power of familiar objects—the things that surround me at home, in the studio and neighborhood. These ordinary objects can assume a presence beyond their simple utility, through layered association in imagination and memory. Despite their overt cheer, they also embody the overabundance of consumer objects in contemporary life and the inevitable accumulation of waste and resulting ecological destruction. On my walks for the Myrtle series, I’ve also photographed the iron fences (sometimes several concentric layers of ornamental grills) that enclose buildings near my studio and use the geometry of fencing as viewing frame. This series also explores the nature of two-dimensional representation, contrasting hybridized virtual models and photography.

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Short Takes #13
Short Takes #9
Short Takes #16

 


Ghosted Artifacts (2021)

Virtual still life series. Giclée prints, 29 x 15.5 inches.

Ghosted Artifacts is a series of virtual still life images that strip away the texture, color and materiality of ordinary domestic and industrial objects, upending their function and scale. Reduced to pure sculptural form, the elements in these virtual still lives populate an ambiguous space where the play of light and shadow creates complex linear patterns and iconic structures inhabit an immaterial landscape. These terrains are populated by the whitened skeletons of commercial debris and describe an environment of objects are severed from connotative meaning, to reemerge as phantomized, essential forms. A sequel to Short Takes, Ghosted Artifacts continues my exploration of two-dimensional representation, using light and shadow, 3D models and photographic images to create a topography of the disposal culture.

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Ghosted Artifacts: coils and meshes
Ghosted Artifacts: cages and hooks
Ghosted Artifacts: zigzags, twists and turns