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Linda Cummings

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Instead of picturing a slip floating in a landscape, these new works are photographic sequences in which the images themselves slip and slide in relation to one another. In a sense, I have become the slip. No longer organized around a fixed focal point, these new pieces depict multiple viewpoints and a subject in transition. Each piece, comprised of 24 sequential frames, is conceived as a visual meditation on the experience of being a passenger. To be a passenger is to have one's body carried along, transported through time and space, with feet barely touching solid ground. Similarly, the dreamer is a passenger - feet off the ground and transported to another world every night through the passage of sleep.
Formerly my photographs depicted an empty slip as a body hovering and floating through public and institutional spaces. In this new work, I am photographing while traveling inside mechanical bodies designed to carry other bodies through space and time. The slip as an object has mutated into slipping as an experience. It is my aim to incorporate the act of slipping into the viewing experience and into the
process of making the picture. Flight, movement, equilibrium, and the operations of perception are my subject. - Individual 24 frame sequences of images reveal various hypnotic passages in which dreaming, free association, and unexpected access or restrictions orchestrate the experience of being a passenger. Each unique strip of 35mm black and white negative film represents a particular experience photographed within a 24 minute interval while my body was being transported through space and time. My frame of reference is the vast interconnecting system of transportation in New York City. I wish to call to mind the fluidity of time (i.e., the duration of 24 frames per second in the vernacular of the cinema and the 24 hours in a day). Taken together, the 24 unedited frames constitute a kind of train of thought or thread of perception; an event in which subliminal impressions mix with recognizable forms in lyrical ways. - I wanted to shoot from the hip, so to speak, preferring to perceive and to experience my passage from eyes located all over my body. Juxtaposition, condensation, repetition, fragmentation, and the use of the frame provide visual structure for this work. Previously juxtaposition occurred in my photographs primarily as a spatial event in the landscape.
In this new work, juxtaposition operates primarily as a temporal event between the frames. This work also slips between two representational systems - words and images. ‘Reading Between the Lines’ points to a travelogue of on-going fragments: ideas, impressions, memories, and literature that drifted through my mind as a passenger.
In much the same way that a fragment of a dream can condense its meaning or stand in for the whole of a dream, any two frames can be printed together to suggest the essence of the total experience. By displaying some pieces around corners (i.e., ‘East River Crossing‘), the viewer must either move her/his body to view the entire piece or rely upon a persistence of vision, that encourages memory and imagination, to fill in the gaps between what is seen and unseen.
Linda Cummings
New York, NY
New York
North America

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