This catalogue presents documentation and texts from the British artist's first exhibition in the United States, which combines a series of color photographs of hands touching objects with a scale-model freight train and track.
Lapses in Thinking By the person i Am presents documentation and texts from Josephine Pyde's eponymous exhibition shown at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. In this body of work, Pryde combines a series of color photographs of hands touching objects with a scale-model freight train and track, replete with miniaturized graffiti, that took visitors in a short ride through the exhibition.
Through photography and sculpture, Josephine Pryde pays close attention to the nature of image making and the conditions display, subtly reworking codes and conventions to alter our cultural perception and understanding of each. In this book, “The Individual,” an essay by Pryde originally published in the journal Texte zur Kunst, is followed by an essay from CCA Wattis exhibition curator Jamie Stevens and a conversation between Pryde and ICA curator Anthony Elms.
Published following the eponymous exhibitions at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, from May 5 to August 1, 2015, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, from September 16 to December 27, 2015.
In photographic works that encompass the full range of the medium's historical and current genres, styles, and techniques, but also through sculpture and writing, the Berlin- and London-based artist Josephine Pryde (born 1967 in Alnwick, Northumberland, UK) offers incisive, often ironic, and provocative commentary on the values, hierarchies, and economies subtending the field of contemporary art against the backdrop of larger societal shifts. Estranging the familiar or conversely expressing the common in a radically unforeseen manner, Pryde's ingenuous choice of subject matter, unusual formal solutions and surprising juxtapositions continue to capture international exhibition audiences.