2020 Finalists

Jo DUCK

Artist statement: Inspired by Maeve Brennan’s 1962 short story for The New Yorker titled ‘A mysterious parade of men’, I imagined a fictional parade and photographed the peculiar men who were either participants or enthusiastic spectators.

The resulting portraits range from contractually-obliged half smiles, the completely over-it impatience of a dad who is thinking about how much the parking is costing him, to the overly passionate groupie of the costume-figures. ‘Spiderman waits in Corolla’ is representative of these half-smiles and over-it impatience, yet he sits within the context of celebration and optimism, something that I hope will rub off on him.

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Spiderman waits in Corolla  2021
from the series Mysterious parade of men
pigment ink-jet print
93.7 x 75.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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