Paul Schiek @ Stephen Wirtz Gallery

Dead Men Don’t Look Like Me

Exhibition: April 26 – June 2, 2012
Reception: May 5, 2012

Presented are 15 portraits of men re-photographed from 1950s-era mug shots found by the artist’s friend Mike Brodie in an abandoned Georgia prison. Brodie gifted the mug shots to Schiek, who then edited the original cache of hundreds down to a select few, cropped the images to remove all official documentary references while leaving stains, staple marks, tears and other signs of age, and enlarged the prints on highly reflective chromogenic paper to imbue them with personal and cultural meaning beyond their original purpose.

www.paulschiek.com

www.wirtzgallery.com

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