‘True but Tenuous’

Jennifer Garza-Cuen and Odette England. 'Past Paper // Present Marks: Responding to Rauschenberg,' Radius Books, 2020

In 2018, Jennifer Garza-Cuen and Odette England spent a week at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in Captiva, Florida, collaborating on a series of nearly 200 photograms. The images were made in Rauschenberg’s swimming pool, using expired 1970s gelatin silver paper found in his darkroom. The two artists ‘activated’ the paper by piercing or slashing the bags and envelopes using pens, scissors, or knives; folding the silver paper at odd angles; or layering them inside the bags. Some sank to the bottom of the pool, while others floated on top or by the filtration units. Exposures were made overnight and throughout the day, allowing different levels and intensities of sunlight, moonlight, and water to penetrate the paper.

Past Paper // Present Marks: Responding to Rauschenberg

Photography by Jennifer Garza-Cuen and Odette England
Texts by Dr. Susan Bright, David Campany, and Nicholas Muellner

Hardcover / 11 x 12.75 inches
70 images / 160 pages
ISBN: 9781942185826