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Ann & Patrick Poirier

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

The collaborative activities of Ann and Patrick Poirier cannot be easily categorized whether or not you accept them as “art.” That we should question the conventional senses of “work” that produces works of art seems to be one of their premises. Their use of a given medium seems to be dictated by the nature of the idea they are trying to realize, not by facility. Consistent with these observations was the sequence of photographs shown at The Carpenter Center titled “Homage to Blaschka.” In honor of the creator of the glass flower collection at Harvard’s Peabody Museum. Ostensibly the medium here is the large format Polaroid photograph. Each picture is a color close-up of a single crimson rose petal. Each petal has been inscribed with a cryptic fragment of verse by means of pin perforations. From the very peculiarity of the lanced rose-petals you gather that they not the process of photography

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