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before the wake

2014

before the wake was created after a visit to Glenn Canyon at Lake Powel, Utah, when on location shooting A Smeary Spot (2015). These images were torn from a catalog of photographs taken by Tad Nichols who documented the canyon before it was dammed in 1956. Spirulina—a whole food dietary supplement of active blue-green algae—combined with a clear lacquer, the chemical agent polyurethane, is used to create the overlaid blotches and ejaculatory marks. Marking the speed of human intervention, this quick liquid gesture obscures an archive of what was, notating the destruction and submersion of a landscape and a canyon that took millennia to form.

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 21 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

 

A.K. Burns, Canyon

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches

Spirulina, polyurethane, and images ripped from a photographic catalog, 10.5 x 9 inches