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Amanda Ross-Ho

TO CREATE HER WORK SEIZURE, 2006, Los Angeles–based artist Amanda Ross-Ho incorporated several dozen images she had culled from the Internet into a single large laser print. They were photographs of contraband: caches of weapons both primitive and automatic, drugs and paraphernalia, and repetitive stacks and radial piles of (minted or counterfeit) cold cash—all forms of capital extracted from an illicit economy and carefully arranged for the camera by cops unwittingly negotiating issues of morphology and presentation while creating perfunctory documents of their night’s work. Ross-Ho printed the images, singly or in groups, on 8½-x-11 inch bond paper and taped the images to a backdrop in a seemingly artless composition that was then rephotographed as a single seamless image.

The “seizure” of Ross-Ho’s title, of course, deliberately calls attention to her act of appropriation by evoking a

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