Art

Eye Mask: Summer Tests with Larry Fink

Kat Herriman

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All photography by Larry Fink.

The first time I met Larry Fink was at VR World. We were shooting the space for Orit Gat‘s essay on this new kind of experiential entertainment and its relationship to the museum. Moving together through the glazed over crowds, I observed in real time the exacting curiosity and empathy I had seen in Fink’s idiosyncratic black and white photographs of parties and protests through the decades. It’s all true. He’s a genius of the in-between capturing his subjects in the glorious arch of an action not yet fulfilled.

I learned that day navigating a sea of youth that in addition to his skills as an eye in the sky, Fink is also a prolific poet and harmonica savant–two lyrical occupations that tease themselves out across his person and his work. Here, Fink gives us a glimpse into his narrative thought-process (and upstate garden).

A test is a warrior's taste for a bullet.
A test is a warrior's taste for a bullet.
I am a visual warrior cocking the shutter to see how far I can move the medium, shedding its academic wings  dramatizing everything concise  without clutter.
I am a visual warrior cocking the shutter to see how far I can move the medium, shedding its academic wings dramatizing everything concise without clutter.
These are pictures of tissues pulled from a box.
These are pictures of tissues pulled from a box.
I did them while being in the hospital with a limited palette.
I did them while being in the hospital with a limited palette.
then of course garlic will cure the common cold in uncommon times..
then of course garlic will cure the common cold in uncommon times..
Lastly there is a picture of my father  peeking from behind an African mask  it was 1961  and I had  just told him that I was arrested for narcotics he dosnt look all that happy...  cant imagine why?
Lastly there is a picture of my father peeking from behind an African mask it was 1961 and I had just told him that I was arrested for narcotics he dosnt look all that happy... cant imagine why?
Test the sunshine severing the line.
Test the sunshine severing the line.
Enter the day, enjoy your time.....
Enter the day, enjoy your time.....