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About Four Thirty + The Architects

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About Four Thirty

Weimaraners have good balance. From a lifetime of being carried and placed on pedestals of all shapes and sizes, boxes, bikes, tractors and chairs, my dogs have learned to wait and settle into position. But of all my dogs, past and present, Batty (the dog in this picture) was the most flexible and blasé about posing. It was not uncommon for Batty to fall asleep while posing. In this case, she stayed awake.

The Architects

Like Wright's famous masterpiece Fallingwater, Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel is an excellent subject for the camera. It presents itself perfectly for the lens. Some years ago I visited Fallingwater and was amazed at how complex and big it was. I have never been to Ronchamp but wrote a paper about it in art school (so I know nothing). The pictures I have seen tend to all be from one particular angle, just below the skyline. I love looking at and thinking about this building. On the other hand, I care nothing about golf, so when I came across a postcard with several figures on a lawn, I had to strain to notice that they were watching golf. I imagined four of the figures as architects. And that gave me the idea. I found cards of four separate buildings, including Ronchamp, that were equivalent in size and position. The horizon lines matched and I was able to begin annexing them with watercolor, finally giving the golf audience something to look at. I first began to alter my own photographic works in the mid-seventies. Since then, I have become increasingly interested in the resurrection and relocation of found images. Postcards are an excellent repository of these, and I have been using them in my work since 1995. With painted additions I can connect disparate properties and places and give them new life, create a new space. I am fascinated by the range and variety of postcards. My own collection has grown enormously over the last 15 years, architecture and landscape postcards are a large part of what is an otherwise random collection.

"Bill is so funny, affable and distracted that it's easy to underestimate him. People think of him as the dog guy and don't even know that he's an artist with a broader practice. Even if people do know about his other work, they complain about his obsessive repetition of a theme (the postcards), to which I say: who hasn't met an obsessive artist before? The dogs and the humor belie a very intense, earnest and important inquiry. I want to perch myself up on a chair and wave my arms and say: take this man seriously! If you spend your life looking half as hard as he does it'll be much richer. Humor can be intelligent and revealing, even when it's downright silly on its surface. It reminds me of how I talk about what I want people to look for when they look at art: a connection. Only connect, and then fall into it." —20x200 founder Jen Bekman

+ This edition is not eligible for discount.
+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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