You had me at “Wednesday greetings collectors”

So you know how I said I’d probably mention 20×200.com at least a billion times over the life of this blog, well, you can start counting.

Wednesday’s one of my favorite days because that’s when the 20×200 photography edition arrives. Today featured a double edition from Chinese photographer Shen Wei, and it was love at first sight for the first photo in the pair, “Blessing over the Rice Machine, Guiyang, Guizhou Province.” (The second half of the pair is gorgeous too, it just didn’t –to paraphrase Emily Dickinson–blow the top of my head off.)

I’ve been very drawn to industrial stuff lately, especially scenes that have a certain air of neglect, or maybe I’m responding to a sense of age, of staying power despite or in spite of. . . . In this particular photograph I think it’s especially  the luminous colors that draw me in, that pop of green in the lower right, the earthy paper of the blessing. Maybe I like the idea that there is aesthetic satisfaction to be found in even the most seemingly unaesthetic settings . Something about the composition feels almost postcard-like to me, in the sense that there’s a whole story waiting to be unpacked within the borders of the frame. This is one of those images that I could be lost in for a long long time.

I think I’m going to mosy over to 20×200.com and see if there’re still any $20 editions left to order. I encourage you to do the same (but not if you’re getting the last one and leaving me heartbroken . . . )

More later, since I still have to report back on my finds at this weekend’s Handmade Mart in my hood.

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Posted on June 4, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I thought for sure you would have highlighted the other photo on the 20×20 homepage. You know, the one with the naked Chinese hunk lying on his stomach looking out the window. Now that’s some industrial quality stuff!!

  2. I actually didn’t know about 20×20 and I love fine art photography. So thanks!

    • Paulette Beete

      They also offer works on paper. That email comes out on Tuesdays. I highly recommend you sign up for the mailing list as you get the featured editions a few hours earlier than the hoi polloi. And Jen Bekman often offers other special editions in addition to the regular schedule. I’ve been learning a lot about what’s going on in the contemporary art world just by getting the email and following their blog.

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