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Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Stacy Kranitz: Too-Kool-for-Skool Week
These are from Stacy Kranitz' pictures of a dystopian compound in Ohio. This is what she says.
For this project I have established a center of study to focus my gaze on a specific group of young men that I have befriended at a dystopian compound in Ohio.
For the photographs, I use the camera to turn disturbing, vulgar and excessive events into desired activities. I examine violence as catharsis to produce a fetishization of my subject’s post-pubescent manhood.
For a series of video investigations, I have invited myself into the homes of young men that I met at the compound in Ohio. Over the course of several years we (subject and observer) build a relationship depicted in sound and moving image. I take on the role of observer, documentarian, friend, therapist, instigator, social scientist and fetishist. My subject takes on the role of performer, object of desire, muse, and informant.
Last year sometime, Kranitz got one of those internet maulings for stereotyping the Appalachians in a photo story that ran on CNN. I wrote about it in this post where Kranitz said, “I feel ashamed and humiliated for trusting CNN. I am stunned that they would take my work out of context,” she said in this interview.
OK. Well, I like the pictures - like Ryan McGinley on good cider (sorry Tony Fouhse), but the statement kind of ties in with the previous blog post on lame conceptual justifications.
These are great pictures but they are what they are. Kranitz should embrace what she does because she does it incredibly well and there is loads of complexity and depth in there. The pictures also tie in with the posts on Mike Brodie's and Owen Harvey's pictures. It's turning out to be too-kool-for-skool week.