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Johnny from the series Post-Pleistocene

© Jeff Whetstone. Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York, New York.

Johnny from the series Post-Pleistocene

Artist: Jeff Whetstone (born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1968)
Culture: American
Date: 2007
Medium: Chromogenic print
Image/sheet: 40 x 50 inches (101.6 x 127 cm)
State: 2
Edition: 5
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:Whetstone's photographs explore the relationship between people and nature. His Post-Pleistocene series examines the history of man-made markings in the saltpeter caves in Tennessee and Alabama. Since these caves were first used in the Civil War for the manufacturing of gunpowder, people have made their presence known with wall markings in these subterranean spaces. Historical imprints and brightly colored contemporary graffiti cover the caves, creating a form of vernacular American history of writing and drawing, as well as a chronological compression of the history of human presence in these caves. Johnny communicates the universal need to express one's individuality and place in the world.

Jeff Whetstone graduated from Duke University in 1990 and is a professor of photography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Object number: 2010.4.1