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Palmer series, c. 2015

Ultrachrome print

Approx 36x24in

$ 1600





“Once the hand took hold of the pen, something miraculous occurred: the body, which

did not cease writing itself, left strangely unavoidable traces.” (Fredrich Kittler,

Gramophone, Film Typewriter)

Revealing pressure and pause, ink describes a drawing and words, each tethered to the

writer; words silently voicing language, the drawing spinning out the skill, diligence, and

standing of its author.

Another drawing builds, unintended, like the sound of a crowd, as the author’s damp

words and signatures seep over and over into a blotter, a palimpsest of all messages.


The Palmer Series will be seen as a departure from my usual practice. In that, I posit

unstable, uncanny juxtapositions in single photographs, shown in series and

sequences. For an analogy I look to dance or jazz: engage the body, have good chops,

pay attention, and aim for a surprise. Such photography boils down to transmitting data

as experience.

David Freund holds degrees in Theater from UC Davis, and MFA in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. His photographs created for a National Endowment for the Arts grant showed gas station environments in 47 states. Other grants include New York’s Creative Arts Public Service program and NYC’s Institute for Art and Urban Resources. In Syracuse for a Light Works fellowship, Freund curated an exhibition of regional photo postcards and authored a catalog, Penny Publishing. His work has been exhibited at Light Gallery in New York, MoMA P.S. 1, and the George Eastman House. Among collections with his work are the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.

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