Michael Dweck, ‘Mermaid 18b, Weeki Wachee, Florida’, 2007, Phillips

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This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

Image/Sheet: 180.3 x 180.3 cm (71 x 71 in.)
Frame: 185.3 x 185.3 cm (72 7/8 x 72 7/8 in.)

From the Catalogue:
Suspended in the midnight waters of the Weeki Wachee River on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the titular ‘mermaid’ of Michael Dweck’s 2007 photograph represents a connection to the past, and honours a long lineage of ‘river children’. Once underwater – where she can hold her breath for many minutes – her isolated glide into blackness is an absolute escape. Form follows function into fluidity, and history washes away into myth. This variant of Mermaid 18 has not been previously editioned, published or exhibited.

Michael Dweck is an American visual artist best known for a series of narrative photography projects that explore on-going struggles between identity and adaptation in endangered societal enclaves. Monographs include The End: Montauk, NY (2004), Mermaids (2008), and Habana Libre (2011). His current project, Blunderbust, explores all angles of a small-stakes Long Island racetrack via an ambitious mélange of photography, sculpture, installation, abstract painting, and a feature-length documentary.
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Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/1 in ink on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

About Michael Dweck

With a keen eye for the formal qualities of his subjects, and sensitivity to the particularities of place and community, Michael Dweck uses his camera to engage with the visual world. After an award-winning career as a creative director, he left commercial work in 2001 to pursue his passion for photography full-time. He works in color and black-and-white, and always in narrative series; “each photograph stands on its own but also contributes to a larger spirit that informs the body's overarching narrative,” he explains. His subject matter ranges from cars and architecture to landscapes and female nudes, the latter being his most sustained focus. Among Dweck’s best-known series are “The End: Montauk, N.Y.” (2004), in which he captured Montauk’s old fishing community and its surfing subculture, and “Habana Libre” (2011), an unprecedented, intimate portrayal of Cuba’s privileged creative class.

American, b. 1957, Long Island, New York, based in New York, New York