Andrew Bush

Portraits, 1991-1996

May 2 - June 1, 1996

The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth solo exhibition of new work by Andrew Bush on the occasion of our tenth anniversary in Soho.

Since his inaugural show in May 1986 with the Bonnettstown Hall series Bush has created several distinct bodies of photographic work which have varied widely in concept and form. This exhibition presents a series begun in 1991 entitled Portraits. Bush has collected and selected calling cards through the course of normal business and social relations and photographed and enlarged them in color. They assume the identity of heraldic arms or tombstones. Bush has said of this work “after all, each card is a kind of self-portrait depicting a person as they’ve chosen to represent themselves through the choice of paper stock, graphic design, and the inclusion or exclusion of information. They are advertisements of self—invitations to interaction —precursors of websites—prank calls, epitaphs.”

In addition, the show will include a small group of work from a concurrent project entitled Short Snorters, representations of rolls of bills collected by servicemen, particularly during the Second World War. These taped together scrolls become a record of the international globetrotting of soldiers and officers, with currency representing countries long operating under new governments and even names. The images are haunting, beautiful, enigmatic and often humorous- adjectives that link the work to previous projects such as the most recently shown Envelope series. Like the “Envelopes” these bills reflect a disappearing past, as described in an essay by Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Jeff Rosenheim: “In the late-twentieth-century world of electronic communication, Bush’s understanding that -like painted portraits of one’s ancestors-envelopes, with their untold secrets, will gradually disappear is both poignant and prescient.” Other series previously shown include the Vector Portraits, large scale portraits of other motorists made from Bush’s car while driving on the Los Angeles freeway.

Andrew Bush lives in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Pomona College with an MFA from Yale University. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, international Center of Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the international Museum of Photography at George Eastman House.


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