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Two Tall Books

 - Abelardo Morell

University of Central Florida

About the Artwork

Two unusually tall books sit together with the sides of the book pages slightly arced in symmetry. Small details of the stacks show fine character in the subject matter like dog-eared edges, and the segments that make-up the whole book. Because the there is nothing in the frame to compare scale, the viewer become lost in a world of towering striated cliffs instead of two books. In his series, Books, Abelardo Morell photographs stacks and pages of antique books, transforming small details into dynamic structures. Working with extreme close-ups and angles, Morell chooses unexpected fragments, casting new importance on the nuances within an illustration. Whether photographing a book or a common household object, all of Morell’s images challenge our perception of reality and how we see.

About the Artist

Abelardo Morell
Abelardo Morell, a Boston-based photographer earned a BFA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. He fuses outdoor elements with domestic scenes with the use of a camera obscura. Morell has transformed countless rooms into camera obscura and then captures and image with long exposes lasting up to eight hours. He invents a new landscape by working with a process most associated with Renaissance artists. He has instructed at Princeton University and is a professor of photography at Massachusetts College of Art. He has won numerous awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1993.

Did you know?

The tallest sculpture of a human figure is the minimalist William King sculpture of three figures looking to the sky at the Orlando airport. The tallest is 40 feet tall!

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For those who have eyes to see, there are hundreds of works of art around them. This web site provides some information on many of those works of art that can be regularly viewed in Orange County by any member of the public without an admission fee. They are outside in public view, or located in an interior area that is normally open to the public.

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