Four Chairs, No Waiting

2011

 

Four Chairs, No Waiting is a montage consisting of imagery from ten barbershops in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Approaching the subject from an ethnographic perspective, I began thinking of barbershops as cultural spaces. Within these spaces, it became apparent to me that there are complex representations of personal identity, presenting a unique interplay between public and private life. Each of the barbershops have been organized in distinct ways, displaying more or less bric-a-brac, ephemera, or signs of the barber’s personal lives. In essence, barbershops are “experimental portraits” of the barbers and the people that frequent them.

 

This work was conceived as an installation, as opposed to a series of images. I am particularly interested in the objectivity of the framed images, which are reflexive of many of the scenes inside the barbershops. In this regard, emphasis is placed on the sculptural characteristics of the work.

 

 

 

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