Peter Funch, 42nd and Vanderbilt (2012.06.22 08:53:02) / (2012.06.27 09:00:23), 2017, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag pearl paper (in white painted oak wood frame with true colour glass), 50 x 42 cm (each), copyright V1 Gallery & Peter Funch
42nd and Vanderbilt
Danish artist Peter Funch (b.1973) will premier the cinematic documentary project 42nd and Vanderbilt in the US. For 9 years Funch photographed passerby on the same corner in New York between 8:30 am and 9:30 catching glimpses of the same people over the period and juxtapositioning these portraits. Through categorical editing equally intuitive and scientific, human patterning and mannerisms normally glossed over, become meditations on time, mortality, public and private space, the economy, and our inner selves. In one example, what appears to be a diptych of a woman, images taken only seconds apart, slowly becomes a "Spot the Difference" puzzle: subtle variations in attire, hair, light and shadow emerge as we realize, in both wonder and consternation, that the images were in fact taken days, months, or perhaps even years apart. This simple and effective mechanism employed by Funch permeates the ordinary with the extraordinary.