Sam Contis. Oil. 2015

Sam Contis Oil 2015

  • Not on view

Bodies in proximity, hands engaged in work or in an embrace. Physical actions and relationships populate Contis’s series Deep Springs. The series takes its name from its setting: a historically all-male liberal arts college situated inthe remote high desert of California. Contis’s subjects are pictured in their early college years, a time of coming into one’s adult self. As the artist has pointed out, the West has “always been thought of as a place where one can try on new identities, reinvent or discover oneself. And photography has always been used as a tool to construct new ideas about place and self, especially in the west.”

Gallery label from Being: New Photography, 2018
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
14 7/8 × 11 13/16" (37.8 × 30 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Thomas and Susan Dunn
Object number
10.2018
Copyright
© 2021 Sam Contis
Department
Photography

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