In Some Light Switches in my House, I document with deadpan humor some light switches in my house. Most of the light switches are plain white rectangles. The crisp frontal color photographs are all shot from the same distance. There is, however, a surprising variety. Some are dirty, indicating heavy use. Others are relatively pristine. The light switches for the master bedroom and bath are in better condition than the light switches for the other bedroom and bath. The switches in the basement and laundry room are particularly unfinished. This book is a continuation of my exploration of contemporary middle-class daily life. Light switches reveal much about the use and value one places on the various areas of one’s house.
Artist’s book, 8 x 10 inches, laminated cover, 20 full color pages.
Gail Rebhan is a Professor of Photography at Northern Virginia Community College. Her work is in many public collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum and Polaroid Corporation. She produced an offset artist’s book, Mother - Son Talk, at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. She has also created two ink jet artist’s books: Dorothy in 2002 and Benjamin Franklin Primer Updated in 2001 Her work is included in several other books including the anthology Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies, Pregnant Pictures, and Our Grandmothers: Photographs by 75 Women Photographers. Exhibitions include: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Rebhan has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Rebhan’s work has been discussed in many publications including: The Washington Post, Afterimage,and n. paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal.
Twenty-One Published July 24, 2008