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Cam Slocum

Pence Gallery

“Still,” the title of Cam Slocum’s recent body of work, refers to the frozen, continuous, disquieting life inside photographs of violence. This work taps into the human appetite for, and repulsion toward, representations of death. Slocum has taken such images, blown them up to 72 by 72 inches (aren’t a lot of artists reconsidering the big artwork? how else to get your attention?), and turned them into beautiful, grand paintings. The technique is derived from a late-19th-century photographic process in which large-scale negatives are developed by sunlight, then impregnated with pure pigment on canvas. The resulting images, with their drips, streaks, and general fuzziness, force the viewer to slow down in order to get a clear reading, and prevent a cool cataloguing and dismissal. By treading on the territory of nostalgia and romance, these soft, hazy, languid paintings leave one in a state

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