The Flowers Of Insomnia & other photographs: a retrospective by Rob Kangas

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Oakland University


Excerpt from essay by Dick Goody: The Flowers of Insomnia Series, Kangas's panoramic photographs, which he began in the late 1980s, are passages. As we read them, our eyes travel across the time and space of the photograph, recording the surface, with its geometry and abstractions, in a way that is different from the perception of a single iconic image. It is this effect, this passage, which is not unlike the "passage effect" in Duchamp's paintings Nude Descending a Staircase, No 2 or The Passage from the Virgin to the Bride (both 1912), that makes these works so unusual and unique.


Catalog of an exhibition held at the Oakland University Art Gallery, January 9 - February 22, 2004. Contains essay by Dick Goody and interview with the artist.


Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences, Exhibition catalogs, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Kangas, Rob