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Photography, Trace, and Trauma$
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Margaret Iversen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226370026

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226370330.001.0001

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Casting, Rubbing, Making Strange

Casting, Rubbing, Making Strange

(p.48) 4 Casting, Rubbing, Making Strange
Photography, Trace, and Trauma

Margaret Iversen

University of Chicago Press

Rubbing and casting are in some respects like photography as they involve a moment of proximity, intimate contact with something, yet they are also techniques of replication. This double valence perhaps helps to explain the peculiar psychodynamics of these processes. The distinction between carving and modelling in terms of object relations as proposed by the Kleinian art critic, Adrian Stokes, is used to throw light on the art of direct casting. Artists considered in this context include Anna Barriball, Jasper Johns, Allan McCollum, Masao Okabe, and Rachel Whiteread.

Keywords:   Anna Barriball, carving, casting, Allan McCollum, Masao Okabe, replication, rubbing, Adrian Stokes, Jasper Johns, Rachel Whiteread

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