Scott Mutter (American, 1944-2008)

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At first glance, Mutter’s photograph seems to be a traditional glimpse of a forest interior, but the trees sprout from a parquet floor. [new para] Employing a process known as photomontage, Mutter shot two negatives on the campus of the University of Illinois, sandwiched them together in the darkroom, masked out what was not useful to him, and crafted this unreal, but rational, composite. [new para] The art of photomontage is as old as photography, but Mutter’s interest developed from his study of Chinese calligraphy, in which one character representing an object is combined with a second object sign to form a third that stands for a more complex concept.

Object Information

Scott Mutter (American, 1944-2008)
creation date
gelatin silver print
8-1/4 x 11-3/4 in. (image)
11 x 14 in. (sheet)
15 x 17-1/8 in. (mounted)
mark descriptions
inscribed in pencil below image, L.L.: #21 | signed and dated in pencil below image, L.R.: c Scott Mutter 1975
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Gift of Helen Schaffer and Mrs. Marshall R. Beal
© Scott Mutter Estate
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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