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Michael Snow, Sink (detail), 1970, C-print, eighty 35-mm color slides in timed carousel projector, dimensions variable.

Michael Snow

Michael Snow, Sink (detail), 1970, C-print, eighty 35-mm color slides in timed carousel projector, dimensions variable.

I’M PROUD of (most of) what I’ve done in the past, but, apparently unable to learn from the past, I continue to make works in soon-to-be-obsolete media.

Some of the paintings and sculptures I have made since 1956 require medical attention, but many of my “technological” works are in the emergency ward. They were produced in media that are disappearing or have disappeared: 35-mm, 16-mm, Super 8, and 8-mm film; 35-mm slides; quarter-inch audio tape and cassettes; LPs; several breeds of video (1/2“, 3/4”, DigiBeta, etc.). I have made color and black-and-white photo works on many different grounds; I’ve even made holograms. And since I’ve always been somewhat of a purist about medium specificity, chameleoning a work that originally was a particular utilization of the qualities or possibilities of a given medium into a replacement medium is painful. Help!

Two 35-mm-slide-carousel works

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