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Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize Winner Announced

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 5, 2014

Amy Elkins Named Aperture Portfolio Prize 2014 Recipient 

Amy Elkins was announced as the 2014 winner of Aperture Foundation's Portfolio Prize.  Elkins was selected for work from two series- 
Parting Words and Black is the Day, Black is the Night.  Both series address the depersonalization of the prison and capital punishment systems.  Among the many things that reinforce the quality of the work is the way formal treatment, weather austere or painterly, implicates the viewer in the content of the work. Elkins presents portraits and images of prison-issued or inmate-produced objects and correspondence.  In Parting Words Elkins presents a series of black and white head shots of inmates who have been executed, their image rendered with the repetition of each prisoner's final words.  The portraits are flat and chilling; they give us a window to look through but keep us at a marked distance.  In black is the Day, Black is the Night, Elkins exchanged letters with inmates.  At times she photographically documents the letters themselves, in other instances she drew imagined interior landscapes out the correspondence.  Color works of land or waterscapes evolve as dually imagined portraits of inmates who's visage is then blurred, pixelated, and otherwise degraded within the depicted place.  The faces become obscured relative to the amount of time a prisoner has been locked away.  

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Amy Elkins is represented by aipad member gallery Yancey Richardson

Image Information:
Nine Years out of a Death Row Sentence (Forest) - A pen pal 13 years into his death row sentence describes a childhood memory of taking refuge in the forest throughout.  
© Amy Elkins, Courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery 

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