Andrew Bush

Prop Portraits

October 29 - December 9, 2000

The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition in our new Chelsea space of recent work by Andrew Bush; a series entitled "Prop Portraits". This is our sixth solo exhibition of Bush's work spanning fourteen years.

The series consists of portraits made in flea markets throughout the Los Angeles area. Bush selected individuals holding their new purchases, and photographed them against a scrim erected on the site. The scrim renders the background in an impressionistic manner, while the subjects are sharply defined and starkly lit against their backdrop, with the effect of becoming objectified. The large scale Epson pigmented-ink prints have a subtle but saturated color palette which differs from the quality of Bush's usual chromogenic prints.

Bush has said of this work,  What is so remarkable about seeing someone, or a photograph of someone, actually holding or carrying an object is that we tend to assume the person owns the object , that it is a part of their life. It seems as though the person holding an object stands out from the crowd, becomes less anonymous, more distinct, because the object creates a context of style and purpose from which we can conjecture a series of possibilities and ascribe a narrative.”

This show follows Bush's fifteen year survey organized in April 1998 which included work from several series including Bonnettstown Hall, Envelopes, Business Cards, Short Snorters and Vector Portraits. Although each project varies enormously in concept, scale and execution, his work always explores how people identify themselves through their possessions- whether it be the interior of a 17th century Georgian home, or the exterior of a late model Corvette.

Bush has exhibited widely, and a Vector Portrait is currently on view in the "NOW!" show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through October 22. His work is represented in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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