“My Blankness Exquisite:” Michael Robinson’s ‘The World Is Not Enough’
A critical meditation on a series of photographic prints by Michael Robinson and a poem by James Merrill. Published in, Belief, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Ed. Kirsten Leenars, 2007
Photographs have many inherent failings, and one thing that they can never seem to do is get us through. They can bring us, expertly, to any number of thresholds, in front of a scene, an object or a figure, but their dimensional collapses – of time and space – will never allow us across. They are intractable in this refusal. The problem, though, is that they do not make this intention clear.
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