The photographs in David Martin’s series Sexuality Sandwiches are sharp and crystal clear, in which sandwiches are presented in large-scale and up close, set against an inscrutable white background.
The sandwich ingredients are layered and captured so beautifully that the folds in the meat, the oils on the bread, the colors and crunch of vegetables, and the visibly delicate nuances of cheese, heighten and absorb the senses. Martin’s sandwiches are sexy, and sometimes surprising. Each sandwich is the favorite of an individual from whom Martin collected data, and Martin presents his data – an ingredient list, and sexual preference, race, gender, religious, professional, and age identifiers – alongside each photograph.
As a whole, Sexuality Sandwiches contributes to a discourse on social expectations, stereotypes, and classification, and questions the connections “we think we see.”
David Martin holds an MFA from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Martin recently moderated a panel on “Queer Photography: An open and inclusive panel discussion on queer art in schools, studios, galleries, and beyond” at the Society of Photographic Educators conference in Chicago, IL. He exhibits nationally.
The series A Dot Red by Christa Blackwood is a photographic exploration of “new perspectives on traditional genres.” The photographs in this series were produced with the historic photographic techniques of tin-type and photogravure, developed and popularized in the early 19th century.
The subject matter of A Dot Red – expansive desert landscapes, and portraits of nearly stoic young men and a fragmented young woman – continues the traditions of portraiture and landscape photography.
Yet the simple gesture of incorporating a small, transparent red dot within each image is transformative.
A seemingly minor aberration can become a focal point, and this symbolic red badge of courage, icon of a gallery sale and the commodification of art and its subjects, distorted lens, or whatever other possibility, invokes the “visual literacy” of the viewer and a consideration of the content of inheritance and meaning.
Christa Blackwood is a photo, text based, and installation artist. She holds an MFA from New York University, and is the founder of The Children’s Photograph Collective. She exhibits nationally and internationally.