“Those who escape hell however never talk about it and nothing much bothers them after that.” ~ Bukowski
With no regrets for anything I did
and I won’t forget.
Shadow Play - Vito Acconci, 1970
(from “Three Relationship Studies: Manipulations, Imitations, Shadow Play”)
In this three-part exercise, Acconci explores the dynamics of the artist’s interaction with or manipulation of an other. Each study involves a form of mirroring. In Shadow-Play, Acconci spars with his own shadow image, aggressively confronting himself as other. In Imitations, Acconci attempts to mirror another man’s gestures and actions. In Manipulations, Acconci — seen by the viewer in a mirror — faces a nude woman and directs the movements of her hands over her body through his own hand motions.
The Human Condition (photo sequence) - Duane Michals, 1969
Alice’s Mirror - Duane Michals, 1974