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Tammy Rae Carland

Jessica Silverman Gallery

On view in Tammy Rae Carland’s recent exhibition were twelve color photographs of aging objects—a coffee mug, knitted pot holders, faded Valentine’s Day candy boxes, and the like. These things appear to be digitally excised from their original context, to be arranged on a white background like pinned butterflies. They have the crisp, uninflected look of objects imaged on a scanner. Some of the works depict single objects, while the key ones portray numerous items that together suggest narratives. The tone is cool, which counters the forlornness of these items, yet the pictures, when surrounding the viewer, also impart the strange simultaneous comfort and anxiety afforded by things.

This view of objects as psychologically charged is affirmed by the show’s title, “An Archive of Feelings,” which conjures a mixture of order and unruliness and is, the press release reveals, a reference to a book

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