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Technique is a Flexible Instrument is comprised of a series of silver gelatin and chromogenic prints that use pages torn from used photography manuals as their paper negatives. Refusing to learn from these books, I have instead dissected them for material, taking the didactic as fodder in an attempt to explode the technical and reassemble it as a place for curiosity and play. Rules seem like rigid and immobile conceptual truths, but they can also be objects in the same way that photographs are, “the illusion of literal description.” Handling instructions in the entirety of their physical-visual-textual fullness, I’ve tried to engage with them on the level of their own materiality. A page is opaque until I hold it up to the light, and then I notice that it is actually semi-transparent, latently see-through. Many things are like this: opaque until they aren’t.
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Saxon, Violet Mary, "Technique is a Flexible Instrument" (2019). Senior Projects Spring 2019. 296.
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