Untitled is a unique color positive print, created without camera or negative by the direct action of a moving beam of light on printing paper. In a darkened room, Fuss laid down the large sheet face-up, then set in motion a flashlight hanging suspended, pendulum-like, above it. The swinging light described an inward spiral, spending momentum with each orbit until it reached stasis at the center of the sheet. When one confronts the image on a wall, the great glowing vortex exerts a vertiginous tug on one’s body while recalling radio-telescope representations of distant nebulae or the tunnel of light that is said to be encountered by those on the threshold of the afterlife.
Untitled is a unique color positive print, created (without a camera or negative) by the direct action of a moving beam of light on photographic printing paper. In a darkened room, Fuss laid down a sheet of paper and set in motion a flashlight hanging above it. The light’s pendulum-like motion, momentum, and ultimate stasis are documented in the resulting image. Employing the foundational techniques and the essential elements—light and water—of chemical photography, Fuss creates compellingly contemporary abstractions.
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