David Barnett (American, b. 1946)
Self Portrait Shadow Series "Take My Hand, I'm A Stranger in Paradise" (AP I/XXV), 2003
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Archival inkjet print
18 x 12.25 in
Part of the artist's 'Self-Portrait Series,' David Barnett’s ‘Take My Hand, I’m a Stranger in Paradise’ deconstructs self-portrait photography by only displaying the artist's shadow and a bouquet of flowers. In the image, Barnett’s hand is held open as his arm sweeps outward, encouraging the viewer to take his hand; atop Barnett’s silhouette, the bouquet of flowers frames the artist’s face like a scarf. Citing Belgian Surrealist René Magritte as an inspiration, ‘Take My Hand, I’m a Stranger in Paradise’ might be viewed as a companion to Magritte’s work, given both artists' abstraction of the human silhouette. Fine art photography giclée print after original 2003 photograph AP I/XXV 18 x 12.25 inches, artwork 26 x 20.5, frame Signed and dated in lower right "A/P I/XXV" written in lower left Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting, UF5 Plexiglas to inhibit fading, and housed in a silver finish wood moulding.