Brian Burnett
Umbilical Trappings
2004
Inkjet print on vellum, steel fluorescent light box, acetate
96 x 18 x 6
Mounted on a vertical fluorescent light shade, “Umbilical Trappings” photographically documents deadpan frontal profiles of site-specific industrial strip mall department stores. Each image possesses an architecturally dismal facade as virtually a sterile entry that insinuates the loss of identity and innocence. The pixelated blur of these iconic and anonymous architectures also destabilizes the notion of image as a product of power, and rather evokes traits of submission and passivity. Ironically, the inured magnetism and alluring desires for taste and convenience that accompany these “places” keep shepherding consumerist back into the “belly of these whales.”
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