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This recent project, “Auction Sites”, originated in 1980 when I came across some Sotheby’s auction catalogs in an English bookstore in Rome. I was attracted to the elegance of the antique pieces and to the history they suggested.

I was especially interested the furniture pieces taken out of context and photographed on the seamless backgrounds. This created an intriguing tension between the three-dimensional objects and the two-dimensional graphic shapes of the image. I have used this basic imagery in a couple of previous projects, “Auction Sights” and “Property of a Gentleman”.

In this series I introduced a natural landscape inside the form of the furniture which amplifies the play between the two and three-dimensional spaces. In addition to a spatial dynamic, I appreciate the juxtaposition of the finely crafted cultural artifacts with the natural elements of the landscape.

In his latest iteration, I’ve also added a third element, as a variety of objects relating to the landscape. These objects influence the way the space of the setting is perceived and potentially suggests a narrative aspect to the image.
English Georgian Style Console TableGeorge II Chair of Queen Anne DesignGeorge II Lowboy copy2George II Octagonal Tripod TableGeorge II Tea Table.George III Galleried Kettle Stand 2George III Galleried Kettle StandGeorge III Mahogany Card Table 2 copyGeorge III Mahogany Card Table copyGeorge III Mahogany Writing TableHepplewhite Dressing Table copy4Hepplewhite Hall TableHepplewhite Mahogany Dressing TableHepplewhite Serpentine Serving TableHepplewhite Serving Table (1)C copyQueen Anne Burr Walnut Card TableQueen Anne Card TableQueen Anne Drop Leaf Dining TableQueen Anne Side ChairQueen Anne Tray Top, Tea Table