PRINT January 1979

Jan Groover: Degrees of Transparency

JAN GROOVER MADE HER REPUTATION with a group of small, photographic triptychs focusing on the relation between eye and finger control—time on a split-second scale, the time of the photographed (decisive) moment. The images showed trucks or cars passing by single, stationary camera setups. The “frame” of the image sometimes consisted of dark, architectural elements. The point was that what changed in the photograph was color, differently colored vehicles. Successive shots would be set side by side to form series of trucks—for instance, one red, one yellow, one blue. Color was systematized according to the chance of the correctly colored object appearing, and the photographs implicitly generated anticipation for the viewer, a sense of waiting for the exact moment and exact color which would complete Groover’s plan.

Another series concentrated on the relationship between these short intervals

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