Scott Mutter (American, 1944-2008)

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The head of a classical statue floats eerily in space. Superimposed on its face is another image: the interior of an architectural structure. Within, one can make out the shape of another figure and details that suggest the interior is the apse of a church. The two images seamlessly blend together, all too realistically blurring the boundaries between real and imaginary.

Throughout his career, Scott Mutter employed photomontage to create photographs that are at once poetic, beautiful, and unnerving. Made using two or more negatives, elements of his photographs appear impossible, despite their realistic quality. In fact, Mutter coined a new phrase for such photographs—“Surrational Images”—images that are as surreal as they are rational.

Object Information

Scott Mutter (American, 1944-2008)
creation date
gelatin silver print
7-1/4 x 6-7/8 in. (sheet)
19-7/8 x 15 in. (mount)
mark descriptions
signed and dated in pencil below image, L.R.: Scott Mutter 1980
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Gift of Helen Schaffer and Mrs. Marshall R. Beal
© Scott Mutter Estate
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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