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  WALL Geoff/Food in Photography/Art Main/ MAIN

An Octopus 1990, Some Beans 1990

These two images are identical except for the pile of beans in one of them and the octopus in the other. The strong lighting and deep shadows create a mood of privacy, even secrecy, accentuated by the setting, which appears to be a cellar. Both beans and octopus seem out of place on the worn and mismatched tables. A pair of pictures naturally invites comparison, but here the rules for doing so are left undefined. Wall considers these works to mark a new direction, one that allows for greater uncertainty in the meanings of his pictures.

Some Beans 1990
Transparency in lightbox 1820 x 2290 mm
Goetz Collection, Munich Cinematographic photograph © The artist
  An Octopus 1990
Transparency in lightbox 1820 x 2290 mm
Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Cinematographic photograph






  Diagonal Composition 1993
Transparency in lightbox 400 x 460 mm
Purchased from Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (General Funds) 2003
Documentary photograph
© The artist
    Diagonal Composition No. 2 1998
Transparency in lightbox 525 x 640 mm
Collection of the artist. Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Documentary photograph
© The artist