Barbara Davidson, LA Times: I look at your work and I say to myself, Alex Webb must have an insane amount of patience. Your images are so meticulously layered, rich in color, possess a wonderful visual rhythm, and amazing light. Where does this obsession come from? Can you tell me about the process of creating your images?
Alex Webb: The sculptor Henry Moore, late in life, after a long and successful career, said the following: “The secret in life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.” That quote resonates with my sense of the frustrations and difficulties of street photography. It also reminds me that my father once said — a little jokingly — to Rebecca that if there were a mythical archetype for me it would be Sisyphus, interminably rolling a boulder up a hill.
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North Dakota Museum of Art Curator Laurel Reuter: What did you learn from doing the project?
Rebecca Norris Webb: Looking back at My Dakota, I now realize that I was photographing this dark time in my life in order to try to absorb it, to crystallize it, and, ultimately, to let go of it. Not only did my first grief change me, but making My Dakota changed me as well, both as a human being and as an artist.
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UPCOMING EVENTS WITH ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB:
Thursday, June 20, 6-8pm: “My Dakota” opening at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 W. 20th St., 3d Floor, NYC. Show is up until August 17, 2013.
Friday, June 21, 7-8:30pm: “Together and Apart: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” Aperture Foundation, 547 W. 27th, NYC. This event is followed by a Q&A led by MCNY curator Sean Corcoran and Aperture editor Denise Wolff and a book signing of the first copies of the 2nd edition of Alex’s “The Suffering of Light” and Rebecca’s “My Dakota.” This event is free and open to the public
Saturday, June 22, 5-6pm: Gallery talk/walk through of “My Dakota” with Rebecca and Alex, Ricco/Maresca Gallery. Some of the last copies of signed”My Dakota” book will be available.
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