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'Manhole' is of a series of charcoal drawings of manhole covers presented as part of the exhibition, Finley + Muse: Manhole 452, presented at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, April 7–May 14, 2011.

"The drawings, charcoal and graphite rubbings on vellum, treat urban surfaces as lively and up to their own tricks; they are both supportive and dangerous. ... The film puts a concerned narrator into the driver's seat: he literally moves through the city and over these explosive objects; the drawings show the latter as animate, autonomous, powerful. And because the drawings were made quite literally on the street, they document the artists' own encounter with the worlds above and below."


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About Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse

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Since 1988 Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse have worked collaboratively on numerous experimental documentaries and installations. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, at festivals and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Biennial, San Francisco International Film Festival, Berlin Video Festival, Toronto, and World Wide Video Festival. In 2001 they received a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Additional awards include a Creative Capital Foundation Grant and an Artists in Residence at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Finley, a Guggenheim Fellow and Alpert/Cal Arts Award winner, is a Professor of Media Arts at the California College of Arts. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and son. Muse is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Haverford College, Haverford PA. He received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley in 2006 and an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988. The Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco represents their installation work, and the Video Data Bank distributes their films.

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Manhole, 2011
Lot Number 7
Charcoal and graphite on vellum
64 x 42 in (162.56 x 106.68 cm)
Signed on verso

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  • Dimensions
    64 x 42 in (162.56 x 106.68 cm)