Schrager worked mainly in colour from 1980 to 1990, producing
a body of still life photographs with a broad spectrum of
cultural references: reproductions of works of art, books
open to pages (to be read), small objects bearing decoration
and information. These pictures were a re-introduction of
still life photography as a mainstream pre-occupation, included
in the exhibition "Fabricated to be Photographed"
at the San Francisco Museum of Fine Art, and in the first
Photography section of the Whitney Biennial, in 1981.
The current ‘Composition as Explanation’ series
is inspired by a more diverse range of subject matter; parts
of certain paintings, changes in weather, aspects of architecture,
natural specimens and fashion photographs, to name but a few.
It is primarily a coincidence that books, for so long a subject
or staging element in other kinds of pictures he has made,
are the apparent subject of these images. There is an irony
in picturing the bearers of very specific information (on
a variety of subjects including literature, history, botany,
medicine and romance), only to purposefully suppress that
information - but this is just a by-product of the process.
The books are chosen only for their colour and volume; solid,
everyday objects intended to point elsewhere - to space, to
experience, to knowing.
A Harvard graduate, Victor Schrager is a recipient
of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, of a
Guggenheim Fellowship, and of a MacDowell Colony Resident
Fellowship. His work has been featured in numerous one person
and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan
over the past twenty years. His photographs are in the permanent
collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art,
New York, The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona,
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Polaroid International
Collection, The International Center of Photography, New York,
The San Francisco Museum of Art, and various private collections
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