Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects

Perception, language, and the nuances of photographic vision are common themes in the work of Robert Cumming. His method of portraying the physically impossible so that it appears visually accurate has roots in his early career as a painter, sculptor, performance and mail artist.
, 'Theater for Two, Easy Analogies,' 1978, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Theater for Two, Easy Analogies, 1978

George Eastman Museum

, 'Shaving Cream Alphabet,' 1970, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Shaving Cream Alphabet, 1970

George Eastman Museum

, 'Tile/Mirror ,' 1970, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Tile/Mirror , 1970

George Eastman Museum

, 'Reverse Refraction,' 1974, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Reverse Refraction, 1974

George Eastman Museum

, 'Quick Shift of the Head Leaves Glowing Stool Afterimage on Pedestal,' 1978, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Quick Shift of the Head Leaves Glowing Stool Afterimage on Pedestal, 1978

George Eastman Museum

, 'Mishap of Minor Consequence,' 1973, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Mishap of Minor Consequence, 1973

George Eastman Museum

, 'Truck Is an Object,' 1970, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Truck Is an Object, 1970

George Eastman Museum

, 'Watermelon and Chair,' 1982, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Watermelon and Chair, 1982

George Eastman Museum

, 'Ivory/Dial Switch,' 1971, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Ivory/Dial Switch, 1971

George Eastman Museum

, 'Hand Truck and Nautical Chair, Backlot Storage,' 1977, George Eastman Museum

Robert Cumming

Hand Truck and Nautical Chair, Backlot Storage, 1977

George Eastman Museum