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Spirits Honoring the Lone Cypress No. 2
Artist: Robert Kawika Sheer
Price: $2,600.00
Medium: Photography
Ship From Milwaukee, WI

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Creation Date: 2002
Materials: Chromogenic Print
Dimensions: 16" x 20"
Condition: Excellent condition.
Finish: Framed
About the Item: Artwork Size: 16" x 20"
Frame Size: 26 3/4" x 30 5/8"

"Spirits Honoring the Lone Cypress No. 2" is a photographic performance by Robert Kawika Sheer, signed lower right and numbered lower left 39/250. The image features a rocky outcropping from which a cypress tree grows on its edge overlooking the sea. The photograph is set against a pre-dusk sky in which one can see barely perceptible star trails. Highlighted shadow “spirits” stand on the rocks around the tree and gesture toward it, presumably honoring the cypress.

Using a 4x5 camera, Sheer achieves the effects of presence and the passage of time captured in a single image by using a long single exposure lasting from forty-five minutes to seven hours. No digital manipulation or multiple exposures are used in the creation of his works. After the photographer opens the shutter of the camera, he enters the frame of the picture, becoming a performer in the scene. Because he is using low-intensity moonlight to illuminate the night, Sheer can enter the camera’s view without the negative recording his movement. As far as he knows, Sheer is the only photographer in the world performing this style of photography. Through this ghostly image, which the artist calls a “Spirit Shadow,” the photographer is a performer in the image. "Spirits Honoring the Lone Cypress No. 2" is a performative event, carefully staged for preservation in the future.