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Mary Ellen Bartley is known for her photographs exploring the tactile and formal qualities of the printed book and its potential for abstraction. In her poetic minimalist images, the books’ contents are often hidden or only partially revealed, underscoring the tension between narrative and purely formal concerns. She has made projects in the private libraries of artists Robert Wilson, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, as well as Giorgio Morandi.

"I explore a single subject and follow where it takes me, one series leads to another quite organically. I’ve been exploring books of books, copies of copies and pictures of pictures." (Mary Ellen Bartley, extract from interview in DEEDS. , 2020)

(7 – 11 April)

 

Mary Ellen Bartley is known for her photographs exploring the tactile and formal qualities of the printed book and its potential for abstraction. In her poetic minimalist images, the books’ contents are often hidden or only partially revealed, underscoring the tension between narrative and purely formal concerns. She has made projects in the private libraries of artists Robert Wilson, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, as well as Giorgio Morandi.

"I explore a single subject and follow where it takes me, one series leads to another quite organically. I’ve been exploring books of books, copies of copies and pictures of pictures." (Mary Ellen Bartley, extract from interview in DEEDS. , 2020)

 

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