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Title

Untitled

2015


Artist

Adam Fuss

England, Australia, United States of America

1961 -


About

The work of British born, American based artist Adam Fuss is imbued with a metaphysical and spiritual cadence. Fuss distils the vast concepts of life, death and transcendence into allegorical fragments. Using unconventional photographic processes, producing daguerreotypes and photograms without a camera, Fuss engages with photography in its most elemental form and extends its ability to create poetic images. Much of his work, including this unique Cibachrome photogram, explores states of transience and transformation, using natural forces like water to create apparitional environments.

Fuss’s enigmatic photographs often enlist elements of the natural world as symbolic talismans. The snake is a motif he has returned to throughout his practice. In accordance with the complex role snake iconography plays in cosmology and theology – wherein snakes are used to signify life force and rebirth or serve as a cosmic binding agent – Fuss’s snake photographs possess a profound spiritual dimension.

In this work, the snake appears as a shadow. We identify it purely through form and movement – registering its distinct gestures through the ripples of the water. In its upwards propulsion, this ghostly snake appears almost weightless. It levitates, emerging from the darkened depths of the image plane towards the light. Perspectival logic is upended; while the image depicts the snake’s horizontal path through a shallow body of water, it looks as if it were flying. The work is less a portrait of an animal than a study of forces. Set against the placeless – yet resplendent – background, the snake’s graceful movement translates the very notion transcendence into legible form.


Details


Place where the work was made

United States of America


Date

2015


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

unique Cibachrome photogram


Edition

unique


Dimensions

170.2 x 125.9 cm visible image; 175.2 x 130.9 x 4.1 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed u.c. verso frame, blue pencil on white label. Dated u.c. verso frame, blue pencil on white label '2015'


Credit

Gift of the artist 2016


Accession number

320.2016


Artist information

Adam Fuss

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
United States of America

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history