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02 May 2017

Anthea Behm: Mirror Lamp Hammer


Reviewed by Danny Olda

Echoing her medium, Anthea Behm's work creates something like a conceptual photogram: illuminating everything else, it culls the platonic shadow of an object, an ontological negative.

As with all the work in her current exhibition "Mirror Lamp Hammer," the piece Rage for Order (2016) is a combination of a photograph, photogram, and drawing of an everyday object. Behm doesn't begin the work with an actual plastic grocery bag, but rather a hoard of pixels, an internet-sourced image, that she reinterprets as a drawing using developer fluid on photographic paper.

The result is a composition in a subtle palette of black and pinks, evocative of the hazy afterimages that linger on the backs of your eyelids. Similarly, the subjects of Behm's work - bags, lobsters, shoes - are like afterimages, the original always one step removed at each point in its creation. Her interplay between media somehow makes painfully boring items fascinatingly unreachable and unknowable.

Exhibition Anthea Behm: Mirror Lamp Hammer
Start date 15 Apr 2017
End date 27 May 2017
Presenter CUNSTHAUS link
Venue 4634 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, USA map
Image Anthea Behm, Rage for Order, 2016, black & white silver gelatin photogram, 46 x 42 inches, courtesy of the artist

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