Barbara P. Norfleet: Ruffed Grouse and Abandoned House
Original Signed Color Print, Circa 1985
Professionally Matted and Custom Framed
Signature: Titled and signed by Barbara P. Norfleed on the verso. This is an original print that was not released in a limited edition.
Matting and Framing: Professionally matted and mounted in an archival 4-ply rag board matt with photo corners (completely removable, with no adhesives in contact with the print). The photograph is custom framed.
Frame Size – 20” x 24” Image Size – 12.5” x 19”
Provenance: This original color photograph was acquired by Lance Speer in the mid -1990s from the corporate collection of Light Impressions Corporation. It was acquired by Light Impressions from Barbara Norfleet shortly after the close of her Manscape with Beast exhibition at the Aprectrum Gallery at Light Impressions which was organized and present by Spectrum Gallery Director Lance Speer.
A Letter of Provenance from Lance Speer will accompany the photograph.
References: Manscape with Beasts by Barbara P. Norfleet, Harry N Abrams, N.Y, 1990
From Publisher’s Weekly review: “Antic, frantic and frighteningly incongruous, the photographs in Norfleet's first book are bound to unnerve the reader. Curator of photography at Harvard's department of visual and environmental studies, she puts animals into uncomfortably human contexts: a grimacing raccoon capers by a frozen pond, his natural playground strewn with discarded vials of pills. It is not only the images but Norfleet's eerie, contrasting extremes of light and color that are responsible for the strange compulsion--and the wit--of her pictures, as when a spotlit rat appears to play house with four dolls in the middle of a marsh. Is humanity doomed here to a rat's life, or does nature stand corrupted by civilization's wiles? One of the photographer's virtues is her decision to raise questions but answer none. Behind the intense clarity of her surfaces lurks Norfleet's fatalism--or, as she puts it in her introduction, "You see the point. I respect animals. I was raised to believe that life would always get better, but I've lost that certainty."
Condition Statement: The print and frame are in FINE condition.
A photograph of the print appears in the photo section of the listing.