art brut

All photography–all visual art, for that matter–is grounded in the creator’s decision about what to include in, or exclude from, the frame. In minimalist photography, that decision is more stark. It’s more pure. What the viewer sees is exactly what the photographer saw; minimalist photography doesn’t pretend to represent anything other than what it is. Anything beyond the visual elements–any interpretation–necessarily comes from the viewer.

I see a textured wall of an art museum–a wall that incorporates the physical aspects of the 19th century railway yards that still occupy much of the area. I see a standpipe, red and louche, like an illicit smear of lipstick. I see rust, and I see the shadow of a tree, reminders that Nature always has its way, a commentary of sorts, perhaps a critique on the museum’s solid, unrelenting geometry.

I see exactly what Barbara saw, exactly what’s there…but we both bring our individual understandings of what we see. That’s a lot of art packed into a minimalist package.

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