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