Aura (John Baldessari 2003), 2018
17 x 14.06 in
Edition of 15
$10,000 | CalArts | 2020
Anne Collier’s (CalArts BFA 1993) Aura Polaroids are the result of an ongoing project conducted from 2002–04 in Oakland, CA., and feature friends, mentors, and colleagues who visited the Bay Area during that time. For this group of photographs, the artist adopted a psychic’s shop as her studio, using its Polaroid camera, which had been configured for Aura photography. After photographing each individual, Collier gave her subjects a copy of the Polaroid, keeping the remaining images for her archive. Each original photograph is unique.
Created for CalArts’s 50th anniversary, Collier’s edition of Aura (John Baldessari 2003), 2018, represents the first time that Collier has made an edition or print from her Aura artwork series. Aura series has been shown in group exhibitions at several public institutions, including most recently at Aspen Museum of Art’s group show, Ritual in 2018. Works from this series were exhibited at SFMOMA in 2016; University Galleries of Illinois State University in 2013, and The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College in 2013.
Art critic Brian Dillon wrote of Collier’s Aura photographs in 2006, that her “light touch with the everyday significance of photographs carries over into the series of Aura Photographs (2002–04)—made with an adapted Polaroid camera, meant to capture the etheric emanation of the sitter’s personality—that Collier has made of artist friends: like much of her work, they are moving, knowing and absurd.”
Shot over the course of two years, the exact number of Aura Polaroids is indeterminate. Usually several Polaroids were shot of each subject; Collier kept one, and the subject received one. Rather than focus on recording each image, the artist focused on this series as an interaction with her subjects.
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