Anne Collier is known for a series of works in which she explores the mysterious connections that tie photography, identity, and media. The artist engages her audience through enigmatic visual content, often appropriated from popular culture, fashion magazines, and vintage images of the 1970s and 1980s. Her work establishes a tension between what an image looks like and what it is suggesting. Often incorporating pictures of celebrities, pop stars, and icons of fashion, Collier’s images analyze the photographic process, showing the tools that allow us to create pictures and exposing the mechanics by which the image-making industry manipulates and constructs desires.
For the High Line, Collier presents Developing Tray #2, a photograph she took in 2009 and is revisiting now for the larger-than-life billboard format. The image depicts a developing tray containing a print of a wide open eye – the artist’s eye – submerged in photographic developing fluid. Enlarged to gigantic dimensions and floating amidst a vast, intense black space on High Line Billboard, the eye stares back at the viewer, establishing a confrontational dialogue with passers-by.
Photos courtesy of Friends of the High Line.