Something Something Panorama

2011

Solo Exhibition at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

Claudia Weber Frequent, Occassional, Rare, Unknown

Installation view

Claudia Webe Frequent, Occassional, Rare, Unknown

Archival prints, each 42 in. x 58.5 in. (106.7 cm x 148.6 cm), overall size 4.9 ft x 14.2 ft (148.6 cm x 439.4 cm)

Claudia Weber Frequent, Occassional, Rare, Unknown

Detail

Claudia Weber Frequent, Occassional, Rare, Unknown

Black magic sand filled into floor gaps

Claudia Weber Frequent, Occassional, Rare, Unknown

Floor

Something Something Panorama centers on a frieze, an often ideologically laden format in which monumental scale and presentation serve to infuse the subject matter with privileged status. Utilizing the medium of photography, and emphasizing the transformational qualities of photographic representation, an ephemeral assemblage of mundane materials is given an aura of permanence and significance.

Starting with a desire to explore the materiality of the past – the visual and tangible signifiers of the condition of temporality – and with an eye on the neighborhood around Vox Populi, materials were chosen that demonstrate changes in their condition, status, or meaning. For example, a piece of black-and-white striped fabric oscillates between being a contemporary fashion pattern and referencing the uniforms of prisoners at Eastern State Penitentiary, itself a manifestation of overlaid uses.