The Plaque Series
The concept art of Jenny Holzer.
"Tumblr reminds a little bit of some of the “gangs” I use to make in ‘85. When I taped together nine “slides” and gave them to my lab. (They’d make an inter-negative and print it up into a huge photograph… 50X86″). I could have nine photographs on one piece of paper instead of nine photographs hanging on a wall. I could have a whole show in one frame. The first time I saw Tumblr I saw it on my daughter’s computer. I said, “what’s that”? She had organized a bunch of photos according to color. As she scrolled down I was reminded about how I use to look at hundreds of slides on my custom made giant light box. What I was looking at and what I was remembering wasn’t that different. The next question I asked her was, “whose images were those and did you have to ask “permission” to use them”. She looked at me like I was the “man from Mars”. “Permission”? “For what”? (That’s my girl)… Her looking at me sideways for asking about “copyright” backed-up my position about published photographs… there’s “no right, no wrong” when it comes to copying from the wide wide world of photolandia…………..Just like I’ve always said… “It’s a free concert from now on”.