The Artists "Review" Artists Project was launched on June 30, 2008. Below is a "review" of TJ Norris' work, Primary, written by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech. TJ provided the second jpeg, an image of Amerika [from 'American Pix' series], as well as a brief response to Giovanni's "review."
TJ currently resides in Portland, OR, and Giovanni lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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"Primary" initially seems to be a formal color study, as the primaries (along with white) dominate the composition. But on closer inspection a political subtext seems to become apparent: yellow indicates caution, and what seems to be a blank yellow sign – denoting nothing but a warning? – obscures the American flag. This reveals what might be the alternate meaning of the piece's title: "Primary" as in "primary election." Is the artist saying that the recent primaries are somehow threatening our country? But I'm troubled by the yellow element. If it's going to be the central part of the composition, I wish that I knew what it was, or if the point of it is its ambiguity, I wish it were more mysterious.
Amerika [from 'American Pix' series]
Lambda C-Print Mounted on Aluminum
20" x 24"
I appreciate that the tension created by the image is posed and answered in the observations of the reviewer. The blank 'sign' is intentionally obscure to allow for the audience to fill in their own blank, so to speak.
By TJ Norris