Amy Elkins: 2014 Portfolio Prize Winner
Saturday, December 13
Join Aperture for the opening reception of 2014 Portfolio Prize Winner Amy Elkins. Elkins submitted two portfolios stemming from issues surrounding capital punishment. Parting Words presents black-and-white portraits of people executed in the United States, constructed via the repetition of their last words. The effect is both formal and abstract, rendering each person’s fate chillingly concrete. In Black is the Day, Black is the Night, the letters Elkins exchanged with prisoners on death row are interspersed with images created in an effort to capture the interior landscapes evoked by these correspondences. Elkins’s work is elegiac and provocative, asking the viewer to engage above and beyond their first impressions of the images.
Image: Amy Elkins, 13/32 (Not the Man I Once Was)