Wintergarten LTD

  Untitled, 2009, Found photographs, Left: 4 x 6 inches, Right: 4 x 6 inches, Stamped on verso    

Untitled, 2009, Found photographs, Left: 4 x 6 inches, Right: 4 x 6 inches, Stamped on verso

 

The profound influence of vernacular images on photography and print-media cannot be denied; Whether in the fine arts, fashion, or pornography, the signs and status of the “amateur” are constantly invoked, providing for images with both an economy of means and a certain special allure.

In this two-volume photographic monograph, Wintergarten Ltd—a Los Angeles based art collective— have sought to refine such allure to something of a science, assembling together a collection of images salvaged from the waste-bins of contemporary erotic life. Gathered from disparate sites, the series offers the viewer not only an erotic display of bodies, but also the juxtaposition of images into almost film-like montages.

Reproduced at actual size, these are as much records of objects as they are of images; And the objects shown here bare all the evidence of there formerly marginal existence—scratched, folded, and secreted away in the shoe boxes of former lovers. Each is a singular testament to desire, chance, and the beauty of the human countenance.

Availability is limited to 100 stamped and numbered copies each.

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Eli Consilvio