For this week’s minimalist theme, photographer Jen Hooks challenges us to take an image which is deceptively simple. It should have a lot of negative space and monochromatic color palette, and it should focus on an interesting subject. So, here are two images shot this summer in the Chicago Cultural Center. As I was walking down a long corridor, I peered into a gallery and spotted these shadowy plants silhouetted against the window shades. They filled the room with moody shadows.
Then, out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed something, which made me stop in my tracks. What was that on the floor in front of the windows? The eerie outline of a corpse?
After a moment of horror, I quickly scanned the gallery, realizing that there were several “bodies” on the floor and a few hanging on the wall. They were part of the exhibit Again Gone by the artists Miller and Shellabarger who use gunpowder and black oil sunflower seeds to trace the outlines of imaginary victims. The artists’ choice of seeds and gunpowder are deliberate. Although they are tiny, they contain tremendous sources of energy, and they are rich in imagery. Still, I didn’t linger long. The eeriness of the shadows and the imaginary corpses were enough to send me hurrying to another room.
The moral of the story: I should never work for CSI. Could you?
To see more of Jen Hook’s gorgeous work, click here.