Moxie's Online Gallery
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The work of Ira Lapidus -"Mirrorscapes"
These are pictures of mannequins and reflections on store windows.
They may look like double exposures, superimposed negatives, or digital images, but
they are each made from a single exposure and a single negative. They come
out of a way of looking, not just at the contents of the displays nor the
play of reflections, but at a seamless integration of inside and outside,
of object and reflection, in which the boundaries of real and unreal have
disappeared. The photos are made up of mannequins, buildings, cars,
streets, people, trees, clouds, and sky, but the whole exists nowhere in
reality, except for an instant on the window pane, and then only on film.
What I see in these pictures is my childhood, roaming the streets of
New York, finding a city of pleasures, drama, and excitement, full of
towering skyscrapers, trendy people, luxurious clothing, sensuous figures, brilliant
colors, but also an underside of uncertainty, fear, and danger. Shadowy,
unrecognizable figures steal by. Femininity here is alluring but
artificial, glamorous but commercial. Vulnerability is written into the
allure of the mannequins -- damaged limbs, broken faces. Glamour, beauty,
trash, danger, vulnerability, something between an encounter and a
nightmare, make these images of the new millennium.
on a thumbnail below to see larger version
Ira's photos, each a handprinted limited edition
are priced as follows: $50 ( 8 x 10), $300 (13-16 x 20), $495 (20 x 30)
Viewers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info.