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Robert Cumming’s Eccentric Illusions

SINCE MOVING TO CALIFORNIA IN 1970 from the Midwest, Robert Cumming has collected movie stills and has made slide documentations of the California milieu, documentations of Hollywood movie lots, the Golden Glove Awards and other Hollywood events. In addition, he has photographed the behind-the-scenes workings of the Rose Parade, the Farmer John pig mural and other strange visions on the California landscape. Theatrical elements are evident in Cumming’s recent photographic illusions. His use of stagings, on-location settings, real/unreal mixtures, and indoor-outdoor confusions are reminiscent of moviedom techniques. According to Cumming, “The turn toward illusion probably came as the result of thousands of slides taken in Southern California of illusion architecture, painting, and movie sets, not to mention the ‘surfacy’ mood of everything that seemed to transpire in the area without

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