Zephyr Gallery 2013

    Zephyr Gallery will display photographs by Robert Mitchell. There will be an opening reception on October 4th from 6-9 p.m.

    Photo by Robert Mitchell

    Photo by Robert Mitchell


    Photo by Robert Mitchell

    Photo by Robert Mitchell


    “Evidence of Consumption”
    Robert J. Mitchell’s latest series of photographs, “Evidence of Consumption,” depicts
    discarded objects on a stark white background. They include a military‐issued Bible in
    camouflage green that was found in a Goodwill thrift store , a Little Tree car air
    freshener emblazoned with the American flag, and intimate artifacts of human lives—
    worn shoes, a dirt‐encrusted glove, a spectral ski mask. Mitchell scanned the objects,
    enlarged them to four feet square, and presents them as clinical evidence of the millions
    of things that are consumed and discarded everyday.
    Consumption carries a double meaning in these photographs. It is first how “goods”
    (itself a double meaning) are consumed and thrown away in our economy. As such, they
    are images of waste, of how the goodness of things is consumed and becomes trash.
    Consumption is secondarily the nineteenth‐century term for tuberculosis—the wasting
    of the body by disease. Mitchell’s photographs brings both of these meanings together
    metaphorically. We are what we consume, and we are consumed by what we waste.
    These evocative, sad, static images are important contributions to the depiction of the
    memento mori (the reminder of death) in art, from Renaissance death masks to the
    elegant skulls of El Día de los Muertos.
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