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THE GREAT EMPTY

In these infrared street portraits, citizens in face masks are caught in empty public spaces. Flesh and tree leaves glow as if irradiated. The COVID-19 crisis is viewed as a scene out of a dystopian sci-fi film.

From "The Great Empty: A Renga in Time of Corona"
by Gary Duehr

Space-time swells, balloons.
Sun-bleached streets, their emptiness,
Sting the eyes: no one.

As in a 19th-century
Tintype, only transient ghosts.

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We are ghosts, transients,
Overwhelmed by memories.
We are refugees.

In his drive, a guy unloads
12-packs from his Range Rover.

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Here's the Great Empty:
Terminals, hotel lobbies,
Train stations, plazas.

Under ashen skies, this rain.
Down Boylston, a fierce wind whips.

Great Empty: Ed
THE GREAT EMPTY In these infrared street portraits, citizens in face masks are caught in empty public spaces. Flesh and tree leaves glow as if irradiated. The COVID-19 crisis is viewed as a scene out of a dystopian sci-fi film.
The Great Empty: Les
THE GREAT EMPTY In these infrared street portraits, citizens in face masks are caught in empty public spaces. Flesh and tree leaves glow as if irradiated. The COVID-19 crisis is viewed as a scene out of a dystopian sci-fi film.
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Gary Duehr has been chosen as a Best Emerging Artist in New England by the International Association of Art Critics, and he has received an Artist Grant in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His work has been featured in museums and galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; MOMA PS 1, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, as well as exhibitions in Tokyo, Venice, Stockholm, London and Barcelona. Past awards include grants from the LEF Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

His public artworks include a video artwork for the Canadian subway system; a photo installation funded by the Visible Republic program of New England Foundation for the Arts, and a commission from the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) for a permanent photo installation at North Station.

Duehr has written about the arts for journals including ArtScope, Art New England, Art on Paper, Communication Arts, Frieze, and Public Culture. Currently he manages Bromfield Gallery in Boston's South End.

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