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As Is from Monodramas

sheet 10-15/16 x 19-13/16 inches
Photograph of a highway interchange on the left side of sheet. Cinematic description of Monodramas segment featuring this image to the right of the photograph. Text: "As Is Three vignettes featuring three of those large automobiles peculiar to the 1970s, accompanied by three moments from the bridge of the disco song, “I Want Your Love,” by Chic. The cars were sold in their day as luxury vehicles, but today–having been made to look less attractive by more compact imports and domestics–they are now some of the least expensive used cars one can buy. All three are of exactly the same make and vintage, but they can be distinguished by their particular colours and respective quantities of rust. 1. Music: guitar, bass, and drums only. A low-rise residential neighbourhood with more than a few Vancouver Specials lining the streets. The camera draws toward a car with its hood and both doors open. A young man sits in the driver’s seat with one foot on the road, awaiting instruction. As it passes the car, the camera finds two more young men working on the car’s engine– one getting his hands dirty, and the other giving unwanted advice. Dissolve to the next scene. 2. Music: a piano adds chords with each quarter-note beat. Driving beside an enormous automobile on a freeway in a suburban area, the distant skyline reminds one that this is no more than twenty minutes from the city’s downtown core. A long look from a short distance at one of the car’s passenger windows, through which, because of glare, nothing can be seen. The car accelerates, providing an unobstructed view of itself in its entirety as it recedes into the distance. Dissolve to the next scene. 3. Music: chimes mimic the melody of the chorus, with synthetic horns penetrating the space between “want” and “your love.” The camera follows a car from some distance behind, as it drives slowly through a parking lot– spiraling upward to the uppermost level, which is exposed to the afternoon sky. The car finally parks and one of its doors opens. Dissolve to black and fade to silence. 4. Title: FOR LESS. 5. Title: LUXURY."
gelatin silver print
Credit Line
McKnight Acquisition Fund, 1996
Accession Number
in pencil on reverse at lower left "Monodramas (1991)" and at lower right "3/5"