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Zuma #9

A work made of chromogenic print.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print.

Date:

1978, printed 1978/79

Artist:

John Divola
American, born 1949

About this artwork

John Divola incorporated 1970s performance art into his photographs, straddling the line between witness and participant. When he came across a vacant home on Zuma Beach in Malibu, he was drawn to the crumbling structure’s ocean-view windows. Over repeated visits he began to appreciate the subtle changes wrought by others—empty beer cans or remnants of an indoor campfire—altering the site himself by spray-painting various surfaces. He switched from black-and-white to color film to photograph the interplay of his mark making in the abandoned space with the changing ocean backdrop. For Divola, his intervention and documentation are integrally linked: “My acts, my painting, my photographing, my considering, are part of, not separate from, this process of evolution and change.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

John M. Divola

Title

Zuma #9

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1978

Medium

Chromogenic print

Dimensions

Image: 24.6 × 30.5 cm (9 11/16 × 12 1/16 in.); Paper: 27.9 × 25.5 cm (11 × 10 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Nancy and Mitchell Steir

Reference Number

2015.694

Extended information about this artwork

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