An exhibition by Season 1 featured artist Barbara Kruger is on view at Mary Boone Gallery, New York . The exhibition entitled Picture/Readings, is a collection of works from 1978, which reflect that era‚Äôs captivation with photography as forthright, conceptual ideology, and feminist consciousness. Hence the Picture/Readings presage the iconic photo/text works for which Kruger would become known.
In these stark early works, Kruger places a single image alongside a panel of text. The photographs, shot by the artist in California and Florida, depict from a passersby viewpoint, unremarkable details; windows, corners, gables, roof overhangs, of residential architecture. The occasional intrusion of a palm or other tropical vegetation provides the only sense of place. Equally detached in its casual typewritten appearance and tone is the accompanying text: Kruger has written a narrative which recounts the incidental urgencies and activities of the buildings‚Äô imagined inhabitants. The Picture/Readings posit that by looking – the province of photography – richly varied internal spaces may be revealed.