Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Rick Mitchell
    born 1949
    born: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Bottleneck, 2017
  • Where object was made: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • inkjet print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 61 x 91.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 24 x 36 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 71 x 99 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 27 15/16 x 39 in
    Mat Dimensions: 33 x 45 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • On view: Simons Gallery, 316, E2
  • 2017.0144
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists", 16-Feb-2019
Rick Mitchell describes the context of this work:
“This photograph of a window near the rear door of the Bottleneck, a bar and music venue in Lawrence, Kansas, was the first digital image I ever made. I started photographing alleys on film in New York City and Philadelphia during the 1970s. I also worked in similar locations in decaying Camden, New Jersey, and a transforming Atlantic City during that time. Alleys tell the unofficial and unexpurgated story of a city… For me, photographing is about investigation and discovery. A walk in an alley is a lucid dream, the theme of which is the unsupervised human occupation of space.”