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Mariana Cook: Lifeline
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Lee Marks Fine Art

6/21/2017 to 9/12/2017
When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Where: Lee Marks Fine Art
United States

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In the year before the world's turn to the 21st century, portrait-photographer Mariana Cook made a radical shift in subject matter. She decided to make one photograph per day of objects in her life, close at hand, in her home and while travelling--a bird in flight on a cloudy day, a perfect stack of pancakes, the bottom of her young daughter's foot, the shadow of her own hand, a stonemason's bucket. From the year's daily photographs, her book Close at Hand was assembled and eventually published in 2007.


Cook's mother died in 2004. In addition to earlier close-at-hand work, some of the photographs in this on-line exhibition were made in the last ten days of her mother's life. Most of these images are light abstractions. Cook has said, "Light is what inspires me to make photographs and that is what I live for. Light represents life." The last photograph in the exhibition, "Holding Hands", was made the last time the artist and her mother held hands. It is an image that departs from the otherwise abstract nature of this exhibition, an edited version of Lifeline, currently on view at Ivorypress, Madrid, May 30-July 15, 2017.


Mariana Cook works exclusively with black-and-white film and makes gelatin silver prints. She is the last protégé of Ansel Adams.

 

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