Spirit West by Justine Kurland. First edition (2001). First impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. No markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Spirit WestA special photobook, Spirit West is about cacti and bra straps, about bubble gum and animal bodies, spring blossoms and asphalt. Pictures of neo romantic landscapes inhabited by young adolescent girls, half sprites, half juvenile delinquents. The beauty of the nature is overwhelming, but is regularly disturbed by an ugly viaduct or unsightly building.
Artist BioJustine Kurland (born 1969) is a fine art photographer based in New York. Kurland was born in Warsaw, New York. She earned her B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 1996. She went on to Yale University. Here she studied with Gregory Crewdson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia and then graduated with an M.F.A. in 1998. Kurland first gained public notice with her work in the group show Another Girl, Another Planet (1999), at New York's Van Doren Waxter gallery. The show included her large c-print staged tableau pictures of neo-romantic landscapes inhabited by young adolescent girls, half-sprites, as well as half juvenile delinquents. This was her first exhibition of a photographic interest that lasted from 1997, when she began taking pictures of her mentor Laurie Simmons's babysitter and her friends, to 2002. Altogether, Kurland published 69 pictures of girls in a series called "Girl Pictures." The staged photos take place in urban and wilderness settings, with girls depicted as though to imply they are runaways, hopeful and independent.
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