so many paintings, so little time

A Repainter Isn’t Necessarily a Painter

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2015 at 9:40 am
Interior View, Linn Underhill Studio, Lisle, NY, 2/22/2015

Interior View, Linn Underhill Studio, Lisle, NY, 2/22/2015

In photographer Linn Underhill’s studio this weekend I saw a new work pinned to the wall. Though I doubt that she had Jackson Pollock in mind when she made it,

Jackson Pollock, Number 31

Jackson Pollock, Number 31, 1950, MoMA, New York

I couldn’t help but think that her photo-based work elaborated upon Pollock’s iconic drip paintings in Underhill’s very personal and feminist way. Without ever setting brush to canvas, Underhill repainted Pollock, making a disturbing, haunting new work.

Underhill’s mother was a photographer too. She photographed many 1950’s weddings in northern California. Over the years Underhill has occasionally incorporated her mother’s photographic archive in surprising ways, for example, using wedding shots to give the lie to the “happiest day in a girl’s life.” Those forced smiles and stiff family groups sometimes can prefigure the profound disappointment and tragic melancholy that leads to lives of misery.

View out the back door of Linn Underhill's studio, Lisle, NY

View out the back door of Linn Underhill’s studio, Lisle, NY

Underhill trapped some of these wedding moments in the tangled bramble that she photographs in the woods out behind her studio in upstate New York to powerful effect.

Linn Underhill, Roots, 2015 (Archival Inkjet Print)

Linn Underhill, Roots, 2015 (Archival Inkjet Print)

Linn Underhill, Roots, 2015, DETAIL (archival inkjet print)

Linn Underhill, Roots, 2015, DETAIL (archival inkjet print)

More here on the work of Linn Underhill.

Advertisements
  1. Underhill’s work is very interesting. I know many photographers who simply hate doing weddings because of the ridiculous, formulaic expectations of the bride and the bride’s family. If the smles are not captured perfectly, the pictures are no good.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s