this is [not] a photograph

b. 1954 Buffolo, New York

In his on-going interest in recording the nature of things and events without the ties of time and place, Jonathan Kline creates "self-portraits" by scattering parts of himself - in this instance his hair - over light-sensitive, silver-salted mylar sheets, and exposing them to sunlight. As the artist explains:

"My work explores elements of reverie that reside at the edge of visibility. Images of body hair, water, smoke, and dust are attempts to evoke the ineffable and to reflect on conditions of impermanence. Although the subject matter of these photograms may seem arbitrary, the spirit behind the image is a meditation on the void between something and nothing."

Kline received a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1976 and a M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology/Visual Studies Workshop in 1984. Currently, he is head of the Photography Program at Bennington College in Vermont.

Artwork from top to bottom:

Hair VIII, 1996
salted mylar print

Hair V, 1996
salted mylar print

Hair VII, 1996
salted mylar print

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