Sunday, March 15, 2009

Michele Abeles

Michele Abeles got in touch with me today to pass along the link to her website. I've been meaning to post some of Michelle's photographs for a while now, so it was serendipitous to find an e-mail from her in my inbox. The wonderful surreality that exists in Abeles' images seems always heightened by the way her photographs relate, or for that matter, don't relate to one another. This dialogue is akin to a photographic stream-of-consciousness, a continuous and uncensored story without a plot.

Doug Rickard, founder of American Suburb X, had this to say about Abeles' work:

"Michele’s “something”… her photographs… are images from a kaleidoscope lens- a turning wheel that spins and stops at a spot… disconnected shards that are taped together as fragments along a leather whip… the whip is swaying side to side… motionless but moving… held by a gloved hand and whipped with a thud against the dark night cement. Humans mixed with textures mixed with animals mixed with death. Death mixed with hair mixed with cement mixed with earth… tension brewing violently underneath it all… all of it interconnected and yet, all of it knowingly separate. The “something” is like a kink or ripple in the reality… something is warped, causing a bend in the reality… something broad and running under the surface of Michele’s created world… all of it affected by this warp, waves move across all... all of it is bent under the force of this curve."

All Images © Michele Abeles