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Charles, Vasa, Minnesota

Alec Soth

Alec Soth creates a visual record of America. In his series Sleeping by the Mississippi, he depicts not only the people and places that make up life along the river, but also the shift in culture as the river flows from north to south. Soth presents these photographs as a fragmented narrative, a rambling sequence of images similar to the flow of dream imagery or the currents of the unconscious. With his interest in the representation of the United States and its inhabitants, his portraits express a wide range of feelings, from pride to loneliness and vulnerability.

This image shows a man bundled in workman’s clothes against a bleak rural landscape; he presents model airplanes to the viewer, as if explaining a project. With its implicit references to the iconic American aviator Charles Lindbergh (whose unassuming boyhood bed is shown in another photograph in the group) and to the very idea of America (in the colors and emblematic stars and stripes on one of the planes), the image is both an intimate, personal portrait of a man and his toys and a link to the rest of the series.
MEDIUM Chromogenic photograph
DATES 2002
DIMENSIONS 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed, numbered, titled and dated on label, verso
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2004.67
EDITION Museum print Edition of 5, 2 Artist's proofs, 2 museum prints
CREDIT LINE Gift of Yossi Milo and Evan Smoak
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Alec Soth
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CAPTION Alec Soth (American, born 1969). Charles, Vasa, Minnesota, 2002. Chromogenic photograph, 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Yossi Milo and Evan Smoak, 2004.67. © Alec Soth
IMAGE overall, CUR.2004.67_Yossi_Milo_Gallery_photo.jpg. Photograph courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, 2008
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