untitled by Christian Erroi
11" x 7.33"
“Anyone who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light”
― Plato, The Allegory of the Cave
When thinking about Puerto Rico, I thought about this work...a pictorial fragment, traces of presence evident, but in need of rebuilding or reconsidering.
Sometime in 2011 I stared out of my Harlem apartment window onto the lively intersection of 127th Street and Malcolm X Blvd. There was so much going on, and I mentally sampled it...shifting my interest from point to point.
Ultimately, I noticed the shadows...the part you do not normally discuss, but the one that may determine the depth and character of a photograph of a city street. The emphasis is given by dramatic daylight.
While I made multiple exposures [like a peeping tom, with a digital SLR hanging out of a 4th floor window precariously from a tripod], I sat in front of them on the screen, peeling away data, wondering how much I could discard before meaning would be lost...or found.
There are very few of these images in existence and this is the best, a bicycle seems the perfect vehicle to transport us to an alternative reality.
about the artists:
Is a Swiss/Italian artist who has studied at the International Center of Photography [General Studies 2001 and MFA 2013], exhibited worldwide [Lugano, Milan, Tokyo, Stockholm, New York, Houston, Li Shui], and has made works that now live in numerous cozy private and public collections. His pet peeves are poverty and insincerity and his spirit animal is a hedgehog.