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© Gregory Halpern, from the series “A”

One of the great pleasures of looking at art is in being an active reader, in piecing together the meaning of the work. Of course, I want the artist to have feelings, and to hint at them, but if he or she wraps it all up too neatly, not only do I feel force-fed the meaning of the work and condescended to, but I question the wisdom of an artist whose work implies he or she is capable of understanding it all. The best documentary work is as complex as its subject matter, does not attempt to fully resolve itself, and forces the viewer to interpret the work and engage with the subject matter independently.


Abe’s Penny Series 3.5 featuring Jason Fulford and Adam Gilders

Abe’s Penny, LLC publishes mailable art and literature. Each four-part series features an image and text collaboration printed on postcards. Subscribers receive one postcard every week; each month a new series begins. Abe’s Penny is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Independently published by sisters Anna and Tess Knoebel, Abe’s Penny launched in March of 2009. The short and accessible “stories” (off-set printed on double thick matte card stock) aim to change the way our overscheduled and overstimulated audience consumes art and literature. A different photographer and writer collaborate each month.

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© Steven Beckly, General Categories, Fine Art-Image Series, Honorable Mention

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