Camouflage

2012
Sabrina Gschwandtner (American, born in 1977)


Dimensions

Overall: 176.5 x 115.6 cm (69 1/2 x 45 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2015.2250

Medium or Technique

Black and white and color 16 mm motion picture film, polyester thread; mounted in light box

Not On View

Classifications

Photographs

Following a traditional Amish “Sunshine and Shadow” quilting pattern, Gschwandtner combines two films into a study of contrasts: light/dark, discovery/deception, creation/breakdown. One film is for children to learn about shadows and make them with their hands. The other is a cheery industrial film on fabric manufacturing produced by Bradford Dyeing Association in Rhode Island. Gschwandtner’s juxtaposes them to “bring out the shadowy aspects of the textile mill film.” The false picture of happy workers masked years of labor abuse, chemical dumping, and supplying the U.S. military with camouflage. Closed by 2011, Bradford had made its own bed.

Provenance

By 2015, consigned by the artist to Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; 2015, sold by Shoshana Wayne Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 24, 2015)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund and funds donated by Barbara L. and Theodore B. Alfond through the Acorn Foundation