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Listening to Cement

Stivers, Robert

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ISBN 10: 1892041332 / ISBN 13: 9781892041333
Published by Arena, 2000
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Cloth, quarto, unpaginated, 46 plates. Signed by the artist. Very good copy with very good dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 33986

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Title: Listening to Cement

Publisher: Arena

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Robert Stivers has quickly emerged as one of the foremost contemporary photographers. In this, his second book of photographs in three years, Stivers extends, deepens, and complicates the themes of mystery and movement, sensuality and spirituality, and the search for individual identity that occupied him in his first book, Robert Stivers: Photographs, (1997). In his new work, he juxtaposes the human figure with architectural images, thus pointing to the reciprocity between consciousness and a sense of place that is central to an understanding of the self. The aesthetic throughout couples soft focus with rich and subtle textures and tones, resulting in a collection that is amazingly coherent despite (or because of) its haunting and mysterious qualities. In Stivers's world, of figures dancing around and through columns and curves of stones, nothing is ever static-there is constant movement and continual flux, not only of the self, but also of time and place. He seems to suggest that the quest for identity resides in a void of disorientation, but it is a void that can be redeemed by the wonderment and mystery of an unseen spiritual world.

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Robert Stivers has shown his work extensively in the United States and Europe. His photographs are in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Museum Ludwig, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Stivers resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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