View of “Shannon Ebner,” 2014.

View of “Shannon Ebner,” 2014.

Shannon Ebner

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View of “Shannon Ebner,” 2014.

Shannon Ebner’s “Black Box Collision A,” 2013–, is a series of large-scale photographs, all depicting the letter A. Seventeen of these images dominated her solo show “Black Box Collision A: Gasoline & Auto Electric.” The many reiterations of the same letter constituted a clear invitation to reflect on the language of photography and on the legibility, even authenticity, of its subjects. The framed Epson ink-jet prints, all approximately sixty-four by forty-three inches, seem to find their subject in a wide range of situations, often advertising. They oscillate in their presentation of the letter they depict. Some are emotional, dramatic renderings that turn A into a quasi-totemic image, while others offer an organic presentation, in which the letter seems to form a mass or landscape. Explicating their syntactic, rhythmic, spatial, and plastic qualities, Ebner turns these characters

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